proposal

[pruh-poh-zuhl]
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:
1645–55; propose + -al2

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.
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proposal (prəˈpəʊzəl)
 
n
1.  the act of proposing
2.  something proposed, as a plan
3.  an offer, esp of marriage

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proposal
1650s, from propose; sense of "offer of marriage" is from 1749.
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Example sentences
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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