Essence vs Proposition - What's the difference?

essence | proposition |

As nouns the difference between essence and proposition

is that essence is (senseid)the inherent nature of a thing or idea while proposition is (uncountable) the act of offering (an idea) for consideration.

As a verb proposition is

to propose a plan to (someone).




(en noun)
  • (senseid)The inherent nature of a thing or idea.
  • * Landor
  • The laws are at present, both in form and essence , the greatest curse that society labours under.
  • * Addison
  • Gifts and alms are the expressions, not the essence of this virtue [charity].
  • * Courthorpe
  • The essence of Addison's humour is irony.
  • (philosophy) The true nature of anything, not accidental or illusory.
  • Constituent substance.
  • * Milton
  • Uncompounded is their essence pure.
  • A being; especially, a purely spiritual being.
  • * Milton
  • As far as gods and heavenly essences / Can perish.
  • * Washington Irving
  • He had been indulging in fanciful speculations on spiritual essences , until he had an ideal world of his own around him.
  • A significant feature of something.
  • The concentrated form of a plant or drug obtained through a distillation process.
  • * essence of Jojoba
  • Fragrance, a perfume.
  • * Alexander Pope
  • Nor let the essences exhale.

    Derived terms

    * in essence * of the essence; time is of the essence


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  • (uncountable) The act of offering (an idea) for consideration.
  • (countable) An idea or a plan offered.
  • *
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  • (countable, business settings) The terms of a transaction offered.
  • (countable, US, politics) In some states, a proposed statute or constitutional amendment to be voted on by the electorate.
  • (countable, logic) The content of an assertion that may be taken as being true or false and is considered abstractly without reference to the linguistic sentence that constitutes the assertion.
  • (countable, mathematics) An assertion so formulated that it can be considered true or false.
  • (countable, mathematics) An assertion which is provably true, but not important enough to be called a theorem.
  • A statement of religious doctrine; an article of faith; creed.
  • the propositions of Wyclif and Huss
  • * Jeremy Taylor
  • Some persons change their propositions according as their temporal necessities or advantages do turn.
  • (poetry) The part of a poem in which the author states the subject or matter of it.
  • Synonyms

    * (act of offering an idea for consideration) proposal, suggestion * (idea or plan offered) proposal, suggestion * (terms offered) proposal * (content of an assertion) statement * (proposed statute or constitutional amendment)


    (en verb)
  • To propose a plan to (someone).
  • To propose some illicit behaviour to (someone). Often sexual in nature.
  • Derived terms

    * propositional ----