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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.
1645-55; propose + -al2
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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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  • But new proposals have emerged to change the way fuels are taxed and highways are financed.
  • Ordinarily, companies angling for the contract would have had the chance to submit competing proposals.
  • Maclaurin and his building committee began by considering proposals from familiar designers.
  • One can see another contradiction in the proposals of theory of relativity.
  • Most of mutually contradicting proposals to alternative theories are not criticisms to the existing theory.
  • Discusses the proposals put forward at the conference.
  • So is questioning his sometimes absurd policy proposals.
  • But those proposals always strike me as too complex.
  • These proposals, however, have been shown to have minimal scientific value.
  • Today is the deadline for nations to submit their proposals.
British Dictionary definitions for proposals


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



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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