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proposal

[pruh-poh-zuh l] /prəˈpoʊ zəl/
noun
1.
the act of offering or suggesting something for acceptance, adoption, or performance.
2.
a plan or scheme proposed.
3.
an offer or suggestion of marriage.
Origin of proposal
1645-1655
1645-55; propose + -al2
Related forms
misproposal, noun
Synonyms
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.
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  • To old Moderate; I have a proposal to make that may remove every difficulty.

    The Pilot J. Fenimore Cooper
  • You make this proposal to me from a sense of duty, and I cannot think of accepting it.

    A Prisoner of Morro Upton Sinclair
  • Mrs. Meyrick jumped at the proposal, but declined all terms.

    A Terrible Temptation Charles Reade
  • This proposal being accepted, they set sail, but each in his own ship.

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

    Guy and Pauline Compton Mackenzie
British Dictionary definitions for proposal

proposal

/prəˈpəʊzəl/
noun
1.
the act of proposing
2.
something proposed, as a plan
3.
an offer, esp of marriage
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Word Origin and History for proposal
n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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