Prospect vs Proposition - What's the difference?

prospect | proposition |

In lang=en terms the difference between prospect and proposition

is that prospect is to search, as for gold while proposition is to propose some illicit behaviour to (someone) often sexual in nature.

As nouns the difference between prospect and proposition

is that prospect is the region which the eye overlooks at one time; view; scene; outlook while proposition is (uncountable) the act of offering (an idea) for consideration.

As verbs the difference between prospect and proposition

is that prospect is to search, as for gold while proposition is to propose a plan to (someone).




(en noun)
  • The region which the eye overlooks at one time; view; scene; outlook.
  • * Milton
  • His eye discovers unaware / The goodly prospect of some foreign land.
  • A picturesque or panoramic view; a landscape; hence, a sketch of a landscape.
  • * Evelyn
  • I went to Putney to take prospects in crayon.
  • A position affording a fine view; a lookout.
  • * 1667 , Milton, Paradise Lost
  • Him God beholding from his prospect high.
  • Relative position of the front of a building or other structure; face; relative aspect.
  • * Bible, Ezekiel xl. 44
  • Their prospect was toward the south.
  • The act of looking forward; foresight; anticipation.
  • * John Locke
  • a very ill prospect of a future state
  • * Tillotson
  • Is he a prudent man as to his temporal estate, that lays designs only for a day, without any prospect to, or provision for, the remaining part of life?
  • The potential things that may come to pass, often favorable.
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  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=2 , passage=We drove back to the office with some concern on my part at the prospect of so large a case. Sunning himself on the board steps, I saw for the first time Mr. Farquhar Fenelon Cooke. He was dressed out in broad gaiters and bright tweeds, like an English tourist, and his face might have belonged to Dagon, idol of the Philistines.}}
  • * {{quote-news, year=2011, date=September 2, author=Phil McNulty, work=BBC
  • , title= Bulgaria 0-3 England , passage=And a further boost to England's qualification prospects came after the final whistle when Wales recorded a 2-1 home win over group rivals Montenegro, who Capello's men face in their final qualifier.}}
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-07, author=(Joseph Stiglitz)
  • , volume=188, issue=26, page=19, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= Globalisation is about taxes too , passage=It is time the international community faced the reality: we have an unmanageable, unfair, distortionary global tax regime. […] It is the starving of the public sector which has been pivotal in America no longer being the land of opportunity – with a child's life prospects more dependent on the income and education of its parents than in other advanced countries.}}
  • A hope; a hopeful.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2011, date=November 10, author=Jeremy Wilson, work=Telegraph
  • , title= England Under 21 5 Iceland Under 21 0: match report , passage=The most persistent tormentor was Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who scored a hat-trick in last month’s corresponding fixture in Iceland. His ability to run at defences is instantly striking, but it is his clever use of possession that has persuaded some shrewd judges that he is an even better prospect than Theo Walcott. }}
  • (sports) Any player whose rights are owned by a top-level professional team, but who has yet to play a game for said team.
  • (music) The of an organ.
  • Verb

    (en verb)
  • To search, as for gold.
  • proposition



  • (uncountable) The act of offering (an idea) for consideration.
  • (countable) An idea or a plan offered.
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  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=8 , passage=The humor of my proposition appealed more strongly to Miss Trevor than I had looked for, and from that time forward she became her old self again; for, even after she had conquered her love for the Celebrity, the mortification of having been jilted by him remained.}}
  • (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 ----