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[pruh-poh-zuh l] /prəˈpoʊ zəl/
the act of offering or suggesting something for acceptance, adoption, or performance.
a plan or scheme proposed.
an offer or suggestion of marriage.
Origin of proposal
1645-55; propose + -al2
Related forms
misproposal, noun
1. recommendation. 2. suggestion, design. Proposal, overture, proposition refer to something in the nature of an offer. A proposal is a plan, a scheme, an offer to be accepted or rejected: to make proposals for peace. An overture is a friendly approach, an opening move (perhaps involving a proposal) tentatively looking toward the settlement of a controversy or else preparing the way for a proposal or the like: to make overtures to an enemy. Proposition, used in mathematics to refer to a formal statement of truth, and often including the proof or demonstration of the statement, has something of this same meaning when used nontechnically (particularly in business). A proposition is a proposal in which the terms are clearly stated and their advantageous nature emphasized: His proposition involved a large discount to the retailer. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • To old Moderate; I have a proposal to make that may remove every difficulty.

    The Pilot J. Fenimore Cooper
  • She had feared he might rush his proposal through that night; he had been so much in earnest.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • Mrs. Meyrick jumped at the proposal, but declined all terms.

    A Terrible Temptation Charles Reade
  • As she had two protectors against a fifth proposal of marriage, she stood her ground.

    Viviette William J. Locke
  • Take a day to think over my proposal and telegraph your answer to-morrow.

    Guy and Pauline Compton Mackenzie
British Dictionary definitions for proposal


the act of proposing
something proposed, as a plan
an offer, esp of marriage
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for proposal

1650s, from propose + -al (2); specific sense of "offer of marriage" is from 1749.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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