Definition of proponent in English:

proponent

noun

  • A person who advocates a theory, proposal, or course of action.

    ‘a strong proponent of the free market and liberal trade policies’
    • ‘This may come as a surprise to both proponents and critics of Sweden's high-tax society.’
    • ‘The most obvious lesson of course applies to proponents of biological control.’
    • ‘As long as there are strong proponents of each protocol, there is a market for both.’
    • ‘This much would be accepted by most, if not all, proponents of coherence theories.’
    • ‘As both critics and proponents of devolution have pointed out, devolution is a process not an event.’
    • ‘This is something that the proponents of ‘strong’ copyright would dearly love to stamp out.’
    • ‘He is of course one of the chief proponents of the libertarian view.’
    • ‘Firstly, the foundations on which it rests are not as secure as some of its proponents would have us believe.’
    • ‘Its proponents claim it's a difficult but liberating discipline, which can take years to learn.’
    • ‘These three lines of legal argument are generally linked by their proponents in human rights advocacy.’
    • ‘But they were sceptical of the promises made by the proponents of the technology.’
    • ‘Its proponents believe that if you throw enough muck some of it will stick.’
    • ‘Of course slavery and its proponents represent utter evil in the novel.’
    • ‘First, proponents want us to believe that it will affect only a small number of people.’
    • ‘It is still too early to know who might join the proponents by filing a friend of the Court amicus brief.’
    • ‘It is the recognition of this that has further compelled the proponents of cosmopolitan democracy to set out their case.’
    • ‘That is what the supporters and proponents of the bill require, and it needs to proceed.’
    • ‘He took on proponents of women's equality by arguing that woman is not man's equal but his complement.’
    • ‘What's more, privatization proponents ignore the fact that bear markets can last a long time.’
    • ‘As soon as proponents demonstrate that one concern is misplaced their opponents come up with another one.’
    advocate, supporter, upholder, exponent, promoter, adherent, endorser, champion, defender, backer, subscriber, patron, espouser, friend, apostle, apologist, pleader, proposer, propounder, spokesperson, spokesman, spokeswoman
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Origin

Late 16th century: from Latin proponent- ‘putting forth’, from the verb proponere (see propound).

Pronunciation

proponent

/prəˈpəʊnənt/