One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A person from whom a line of descent is derived; an individual from whom family relationships are calculated or on whom a genealogy or pedigree is based.
2Law. The person whose entitlement, status, etc., is the subject of a given legal process; especially the testator or other person the devolution of whose property has to be determined.
3Medicine. The first member of a family to be diagnosed with a hereditary disease or trait; the individual with whom the investigation of a family for an inherited disorder or trait begins.
Mid 18th century. From classical Latin prōpositus, past participle of prōpōnere.
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