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Propositio(u)n(e, Proposicio(u)n(e, n. Also: propossit-, propotit-, -yt- and -youn, -iounn. [ME and e.m.E. proposicion (Rolle), proposicioun, -picisioun (both Wyclif), -ition (1551), F. proposition (12th c. in Littré), L. prōpositiōn- a setting forth, purpose, theme, statement, n. of action f. prōpōnere Propone v.1]

1. The action of presenting to view, exhibition.Only in tabil of propositione and braid of proposition (cf. ME looves of proposicioun (Wyclif)). 1549 Compl. 76/2.
He … reft the goldin alter … ande the tabil of propositione
1600 Hamilton Facile Tr. 396.
The sanctifiet braid of proposition

2. a. The setting forth of something as a subject of discourse; the ‘text’ of a sermon. b. A question proposed for solution; a problem or riddle.a. 1456 Hay II 41/31.
He suld pas to the kirk … thair … to here a preching, or a proposicioun langand the said mater
b. c1420 Wynt. iii 221.
Yhit had yhe noucht Fundyn my propositioune

3. The making of a statement about something; a statement; an assertion.Also, spec., something ‘proponed’ or stated before a court of law.(1) 1456 Hay I 276/1.
Than it is … dishonourable … syne to repent and gayncall his proposicioun
1490 Irland Mir. I 72/22.
This proposicioune is contingent … ȝit it may be sua that it be nocht trew
Ib. II 16/7, etc.
In the sologisme demonstratiue and vthir proposiciouns ar conclusiouns and correleriis
Ib. 94/13, 14.
He suld the opposite and contradictor of that proposicioun proponit to him consider and mak twa partis and proposiciouns contradictoris
c1520-c1535 Nisbet III 345/18.
1549 Compl. 183/12.
Ane propositione or ane responce of ambiguite suld be ay interpreit and exponit to the best sens
1562-3 Winȝet I 139/17.
The maior … The minor … is … prouin. Quharefor to ȝour schame is my propositioun necessarlie inferrit
1573 Davidson Sat. P. xlii 469.
Bot now I will returne but din, And my first propositiounis preif
a1578 Pitsc. II 60/9.
c1590 Fowler II 45/28.(2) 1498–9 Acta Conc. II 323.
Baith the sadis partiis being personaly present before us, thair proposicions, avisementis richtis, ressons and allegacions at lenth herd
1616 Crim. Trials III 411.
Citit … for confirmatioun of the propositioun of the dittay

b. A (grammatical) sentence. — 1549 Compl. 17/26.
Ther is baytht termis ande propositions in Lateen tong the quhilk vil be difficil to translait them

4. Something proposed as a plan of action; a proposal. 1565 Reg. Privy C. I 402.
Propositioun wes maid of befoir … how all the artailyearie … mycht be … put in dowbill equippage
1569 Ib. II 9.
Lord Boyd being removit and his propositioun put in deliberatioun amangis the Lordis of Secreit Counsall
1584 Acts III 333/2.
Quhilk propositioun being … ressonit be the … lordis of articles … thay … declaris that [etc.]
1586 Rait & Cameron King James's Secret 161.
1586–7 Ib. 138.
Swm weraye raysonable propotityouns concernyng our negotiatyoun
Ib. 163.
1607 Melvill 745.
The propositiounes, meines and middes to attein thairunto, are … painefully dressit and platit
1660 Rothesay B. Rec. 54.
Anent the propositioune proponet be Niniane Stewart

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