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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
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  • Players searched for a good pickup game, owners digested a new proposal and each side anxiously awaited an arbitration decision.
  • It is unclear how much of the jobs proposal will get enacted given the acrimony between the two political parties.
  • If the proposal were put into legislation, that key question would have to be answered.
  • The actual monitoring system proposal doesn't actually require much new from industrialized countries.
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  • Since then, increasingly bad climate news has only heightened interest in the proposal.
  • Before you can write a dissertation, you must write a dissertation proposal.
  • He deserves credit for an honest and daring proposal.
  • Finally, the proposal falls into the trap of thinking of global warming as a process that only involves a temperature change.
  • Getting published usually starts with a book proposal.
British Dictionary definitions for proposal


the act of proposing
something proposed, as a plan
an offer, esp of marriage
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Word Origin and History for proposal

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

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