a wild or unorthodox proposition

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quietdandelion

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Formosa/Chinese
Sensible people may not be reasonable in an unreasonable situation. :) A sensible person might be quite offended by a wild or unorthodox proposition, while a reasonable person would be more inclined to consider the offer, weight its merits, and possibly negotiate a compromise.


What does a wild or unorthodox refer to? Thanks.
 
  • liliput

    Senior Member
    U.K. English
    "Wild or unorthodox" refers to "proposition" in this sentence but that should be clear enough. Perhaps you want to know what they mean.
    A wild proposition would be crazy, unusual or unexpected.
    An unorthodox proposition would be one which is outside what would be considered "normal" or "usual".
    "Radical" carries a similar meaning.
     

    WongFeiHung

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    USA English
    Yeah, 'proposition' is like an offer, or more specifically:
    2. a plan or scheme proposed.
    3. an offer of terms for a transaction, as in business.
    4. a thing, matter, or person considered as something to be dealt with or encountered:
    So somebody could say to you, "I have a propositon: How bout you do this for me, and I'll do that for you...." or something like that
     
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