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proponent (n.)

1580s, "one who brings forth a proposition or argument," from Latin proponentem (nominative proponens), present participle of proponere "put forward" (see propound). In part also a native formation from propone. As an adjective from 1680s.

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Definitions of proponent from WordNet

proponent (n.)
a person who pleads for a cause or propounds an idea;
Synonyms: advocate / advocator / exponent
From wordnet.princeton.edu