Leaves of proposition(Jewish Antiq.), the showbread. Wyclif

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. Shak.

And darest thou to the Son of God propound
To worship thee, accursed?

It is strange folly to set ourselves no mark, to propound no end, in the hearing of the gospel.

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.

(Pro*pri"e*ta*ry), a. [L. proprietarius.] Belonging, or pertaining, to a proprietor; considered as property; owned; as, proprietary medicine.

Proprietary articles, manufactured articles which some person or persons have exclusive right to make and sell. U. S. Statutes.

(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.

6. (Rhet.) That which is offered or affirmed as the subject of the discourse; anything stated or affirmed for discussion or illustration.

7. (Poetry) The part of a poem in which the author states the subject or matter of it.

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