n. pl. pro·pos·i·ti (-tī′)
1. Law The person who is the subject of a question or action.
2. A person to whom descendants are commonly related.
3. See index case.
[Latin prōpositus, past participle of prōpōnere, to set forth; see PROPOSE.]
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