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[pruh-poh-nuh nt] /prəˈpoʊ nənt/
a person who puts forward a proposition or proposal.
a person who argues in favor of something; an advocate.
a personwho supports a cause or doctrine; adherent.
a person who propounds a legal instrument, such as a will for probate.
1580-90; < Latin prōpōnent- (stem of prōpōnēns). See propone, -ent
Can be confused
antagonist, proponent, protagonist.
2, 3. supporter, champion, enthusiast. Unabridged
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  • But the case for large-scale government investment in broadband is not as strong as its proponents claim.
  • proponents say hemp could meet an increasingly larger percentage of our domestic fiber and fuel needs.
  • proponents have argued that the wolf was a keystone species whose presence would reinvigorate the natural order.
  • proponents of an executive order had argued that such an order would carry symbolic weight.
  • Oddly, campus leaders often appear to appease naysayers rather than support proponents of healthier campuses.
  • With the currency's introduction barely three months off, they remain keen proponents.
  • proponents say the information could revolutionize medical diagnosis and treatment.
  • Its proponents argue that smoking marijuana makes you feel better.
  • Some proponents of regulation argue that information providers should adopt a rating system that excludes minors.
  • proponents of the reciprocity agreements maintain that they are not money-losers for taxpayers.
British Dictionary definitions for proponents


a person who argues in favour of something
(law) a person who seeks probate of a will
Word Origin
C16: from Latin prōpōnere to propose
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Word Origin and History for proponents



1580s, "one who brings forth a proposition or argument," from Latin proponentem (nominative proponens), present participle of proponere "put forward" (see propound). In part also a native formation from propone. As an adjective from 1680s.

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