• WordNet 3.6
    • n proposal the act of making a proposal "they listened to her proposal"
    • n proposal an offer of marriage
    • n proposal something proposed (such as a plan or assumption)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In ancient Greece, throwing an apple to a girl was a way to propose for marriage.. If the girl caught it, that would mean she accepts
    • Proposal That which is proposed, or propounded for consideration or acceptance; a scheme or design; terms or conditions proposed; offer; as, to make proposals for a treaty of peace; to offer proposals for erecting a building; to make proposals of marriage. "To put forth proposals for a book."
    • Proposal (Law) The offer by a party of what he has in view as to an intended business transaction, which, with acceptance, constitutes a contract.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Dr. Guillotin merely proposed the machine that bears his name (which was rejected by the crown) and he never made a working model. The first working model was made by his assistant years later. When the machine attained infamy in the French Revolution, Dr.Guillotin protested its use and went to his grave claiming that the machine was unjustly named after him.
    • n proposal A proposition, plan, or scheme offered for acceptance; a scheme or design; in the plural, terms or conditions proposed: as, to make proposals for a treaty of peace; to make a proposal of marriage.
    • n proposal Offer or presentation to the mind; statement.
    • n proposal In law, a statement in writing of some special matter submitted to the consideration of a master in Chancery, pursuant to an order made upon an application ex parte, or a decretal order of the court.
    • n proposal In solo whist, a bid to take eight tricks with the assistance of a partner.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It was proposed in the Rhode Island legislature in the 1970s that there be a $2 tax on every act of sexual intercourse.
    • n Proposal anything proposed: terms or conditions proposed
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  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “There are two enemies to every bill proposed in Congress, the fools who favor it and the lunatics who oppose it.”
  • Alfonso X
    Alfonso X
    “Had I been present at the creation of the world I would have proposed some improvements.”
  • Albert Schweitzer
    “Anyone who proposes to do good must not expect people to roll stones out of his way, but must accept his lot calmly, even if they roll a few stones upon it.”
  • Robert F. Kennedy
    “The free way of life proposes ends, but it does not prescribe means.”
  • Thomas Kempis
    “Man proposes, but God disposes.”
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt
    “It is the duty of the President to propose and it is the privilege of the Congress to dispose.”


Man proposes, God disposes - Your fate lies in the hands of God.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Propose
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—pfx. pro-, poser, to place.


In literature:

The Queen also transmits the names of the young ladies who she proposes should carry her train.
"The Letters of Queen Victoria, Volume 1 (of 3), 1837-1843)" by Queen Victoria
The new effort proposes to fit creeds and institutions to the wants of men, to satisfy their impulses as fully and beneficially as possible.
"A Preface to Politics" by Walter Lippmann
Do you propose to betray me?
"Historical Tales, Vol. 9 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
I find Congress have reversed their division of the western States, and proposed to make them fewer and larger.
"The Writings of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
The last occasion upon which it was proposed to make up a cabinet from utterly diverse political elements was in 1812.
"The Governments of Europe" by Frederic Austin Ogg
In the autumn of 1845, Mr. Gladstone made a proposal to Hope-Scott.
"The Life of William Ewart Gladstone, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by John Morley
Some of the fellows proposed leaving him again.
"On the Banks of the Amazon" by W.H.G. Kingston
We therefore proposed returning with the cuscus to our hut.
"In the Eastern Seas" by W.H.G. Kingston
After a time he again proposed moving forward.
"With Axe and Rifle" by W.H.G. Kingston
The doing so was his own idea, and he grinned when he proposed it to Dan.
"The Missing Ship" by W. H. G. Kingston

In poetry:

We propose, and do our best,
Then to Thee we leave the rest,
For Thy wisdom is the test,—
Thou guidest;
"Thou Guidest" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
- "I had not proposed me a Creature
(She soughed) so excelling
All else of my kingdom in compass
And brightness of brain
"The Mother Mourns." by Thomas Hardy
This nobly done, they still propose
Our charter further to amend,
By making citizens of those
The law had proffered to defend.
"The Triumph Of Liberty" by James Madison Bell
Sphinx was a monster that would eat
Whatever stranger she could get,
Unless his ready wit disclosed
The subtile riddle she proposed.
"Two Riddles. -- 1710" by Matthew Prior
With real pain and much ado,
I cut the other chords that bound me,
And said the ties proposed by you,
Should now be tightly drawn around me.
"To Lizzie" by James Avis Bartley
The third time he made his proposal,
As they walked by the Reservoir:
She gave him a kiss like a blow on the head,
Said; 'You are my heart's desire.'
"Victor" by W H Auden

In news:

Among proposed changes to media ownership rules in draft order.
Columbus (Ohio) Schools Superintendent Gene Harris will propose a budget for next school year that would eliminate about 259 staff positions.
He announced this week that he is running on the "Platform to Revitalize America," a federal budget fix proposed by US Sen Rand Paul of Kentucky.
Obama's fanciful claim that Congress 'proposed' the sequester.
(Clarification: This is the New NY plan he proposed most recently and i.
Augusta-area politics took a back seat Friday after the Branding Consolidation Work Team Committee unleashed six proposed names for a consolidated GHSU/ASU on the community.
Mayors back out of proposal.
Newsom and his business allies work to kill proposed revenue measures by any means necessary.
The Baldwin Board of Education is once again talking about the proposed storage building, which has been discussed for nearly one year.
Representatives of the oil and gas industry told the Environmental Protection Agency in a special hearing Thursday that new rules proposed to protect air quality were too much, too fast PROPOSED EMISSIONS RULES.
The governor plans to offer a specific proposal as part of the fiscal 2013-14 state budget proposal, Zogby said.
Critics of the proposed Lake Powell Pipeline that would ferry water to Kane and Washington counties are marshaling their opposition to the proposal in advance of a legislative meeting where its funding will be discussed.
Republicans have once again blocked President Obama's efforts to create jobs – and, once again, they've done so not by voting against a proposal but by preventing a vote on the proposal from taking place.
A $100-million resort-style casino proposed for South Surrey has hundreds of residents opposed, claiming the city did not properly alert them to the proposal or conduct adequate consultation.
Your salespeople can create consistent, winning proposals in minutes by using proposal automation software.

In science:

Among the methods that have been proposed for source detection, wavelet techniques based on “optimal” filters have been proposed (e.g., Sanz et al. 2001).
On Optimal Detection of Point Sources in CMB Maps
Further, Travaglione et al. proposed a scheme to implement a discrete-time quantum random walk by an ion trap quantum computer and D¨ur et al. proposed to use neutral atoms trapped in optical lattices to realized such quantum walks.
Implement Quantum Random Walks with Linear Optics Elements
If the price proposed by the buyer is below the Min threshold, then the seller agent refuses the proposal.
Logic-Based Specification Languages for Intelligent Software Agents
Fig. 5 The EFA result (a) system proposed in Ref. (b) Our proposed scheme.
Secure Communication Scheme Based on Asymptotic Model of Deterministic Randomness
In this work, we propose a algorithm (similar to that proposed by Simon et al. for a minimally coupled scalar field model) to reconstruct F (X ) in a model independent way.
Reconstructing K-essence