Syn. Proposal; offer; statement; declaration. Proposition, Proposal. These words are both from
the Latin verb proponere, to set forth, and as here compared they mark different forms or stages of a
negotiation. A proposition is something presented for discussion or consideration; as, propositions of
peace. A proposal is some definite thing offered by one party to be accepted or rejected by the other.
If the proposition is favorably received, it is usually followed by proposals which complete the arrangement.
(Prop`o*si"tion*al) a. Pertaining to, or in the nature of, a proposition; considered as a proposition; as,
a propositional sense. I. Watts.
(Pro*pound") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Propounded; p. pr. & vb. n. Propounding.] [From earlier
propone, L. proponere, propositum, to set forth, propose, propound; pro for, before + ponere to put.
See Position, and cf. Provost.]
1. To offer for consideration; to exhibit; to propose; as, to propound a question; to propound an argument.
And darest thou to the Son of God propoundMilton.
To worship thee, accursed?
It is strange folly to set ourselves no mark, to propound no end, in the hearing of the gospel.Coleridge.
2. (Eccl.) To propose or name as a candidate for admission to communion with a church.
(Pro*pound"er) n. One who propounds, proposes, or offers for consideration. Chillingworth.
(Pro*pre"tor) n. [L. propraetor; pro for, before + praetor a pretor.] (Rom. Antiq.) A magistrate
who, having been pretor at home, was appointed to the government of a province. [Written also proprætor.]
(Pro*pri"e*ta*ry) n.; pl. Proprietaries [L. proprietarius: cf. F. propriétaire. See Propriety,
and cf. Proprietor.]
1. A proprietor or owner; one who has exclusive title to a thing; one who possesses, or holds the title to,
a thing in his own right. Fuller.
2. A body proprietors, taken collectively.
3. (Eccl.) A monk who had reserved goods and effects to himself, notwithstanding his renunciation of
all at the time of profession.
Proprietary articles, manufactured articles which some person or persons have exclusive right to make
and sell. U. S. Statutes.
(Pro*pri"e*ta*ry), a. [L. proprietarius.] Belonging, or pertaining, to a proprietor; considered
as property; owned; as, proprietary medicine.
(Pro*pri"e*tor) n. [For older proprietary: cf. F. propriétarie.] One who has the legal right or
exclusive title to anything, whether in possession or not; an owner; as, the proprietor of farm or of a mill.
(Pro*pri`e*to"ri*al) a. Of or pertaining to ownership; proprietary; as, proprietorial rights.
(Pro*pri"e*tor*ship) n. The state of being proprietor; ownership.