proposition prop‧o‧si‧tion [ˌprɒpəˈzɪʆn ǁ ˌprɑː-] noun [countable]
1. COMMERCE a business idea, offer, or suggestion, for example a possible business deal:

• I'll consider your proposition and let you know my decision next week.

• We have a proposition to make.

• The newest software makes computerized recruitment an attractive proposition.

2. also Proposition LAW in the US, a suggested change to the law of a state, which citizens vote on:

• Proposition 13, passed by California voters in 1978, requires that any new special taxes be approved by at least two-thirds of the voters.

3. a statement that consists of a carefully considered opinion or judgement:

• Kondratiev's basic proposition was that the advanced capitalist economies go through regular cycles of booms and slumps (= ups and downs ) .

proposition that

• The proposition that the world economy is a system means that all parts are in one way or another dependent on each other.

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proposition UK US /ˌprɒpəˈzɪʃən/ noun [C]
an offer or suggestion about a business activity: put/make a proposition to sb »

I've put my proposition to the company director for his consideration.

accept/back/consider a proposition »

I need more time to consider your proposition.


The line, which has advanced high-speed InterCity trains, is considered to be a highly attractive proposition for the private sector.


a risky/viable proposition


a business/investment proposition


a commercial/economic proposition

a statement containing an idea or opinion: »

The proposition that the real rate of interest will be lower in future because of lower and more stable inflation is a myth.

(also Proposition) LAW in the US, a suggested change to state law that is voted on by people living in that state: proposition to do sth »

A proposition to increase the sales tax by a quarter cent to fund parks projects passed by 33 votes.

See also CUSTOMER PROPOSITION(Cf. ↑customer proposition), UNIQUE SELLING PROPOSITION(Cf. ↑unique selling proposition), VALUE PROPOSITION(Cf. ↑value proposition)

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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