Definition of proponent in English:



  • A person who advocates a theory, proposal, or project.

    ‘a collection of essays by both critics and proponents of graphology’
    • ‘What's more, privatization proponents ignore the fact that bear markets can last a long time.’
    • ‘The most obvious lesson of course applies to proponents of biological control.’
    • ‘These three lines of legal argument are generally linked by their proponents in human rights advocacy.’
    • ‘That is what the supporters and proponents of the bill require, and it needs to proceed.’
    • ‘Of course slavery and its proponents represent utter evil in the novel.’
    • ‘Its proponents claim it's a difficult but liberating discipline, which can take years to learn.’
    • ‘But they were sceptical of the promises made by the proponents of the technology.’
    • ‘He is of course one of the chief proponents of the libertarian view.’
    • ‘This may come as a surprise to both proponents and critics of Sweden's high-tax society.’
    • ‘First, proponents want us to believe that it will affect only a small number of people.’
    • ‘As soon as proponents demonstrate that one concern is misplaced their opponents come up with another one.’
    • ‘Its proponents believe that if you throw enough muck some of it will stick.’
    • ‘It is the recognition of this that has further compelled the proponents of cosmopolitan democracy to set out their case.’
    • ‘This is something that the proponents of ‘strong’ copyright would dearly love to stamp out.’
    • ‘As both critics and proponents of devolution have pointed out, devolution is a process not an event.’
    • ‘It is still too early to know who might join the proponents by filing a friend of the Court amicus brief.’
    • ‘He took on proponents of women's equality by arguing that woman is not man's equal but his complement.’
    • ‘As long as there are strong proponents of each protocol, there is a market for both.’
    • ‘Firstly, the foundations on which it rests are not as secure as some of its proponents would have us believe.’
    • ‘This much would be accepted by most, if not all, proponents of coherence theories.’
    advocate, supporter, upholder, exponent, promoter, adherent, endorser, champion, defender, backer, subscriber, patron, espouser, friend, apostle, apologist, pleader, proposer, propounder, spokesperson, spokesman, spokeswoman
    enthusiast, propagandist
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Late 16th century: from Latin proponent- putting forth from the verb proponere (see propound).