AskDefine | Define proffer

Dictionary Definition

proffer n : a proposal offered for acceptance or rejection; "it was a suggestion we couldn't refuse" [syn: suggestion, proposition] v : present for acceptance or rejection; "She offered us all a cold drink" [syn: offer]

User Contributed Dictionary





  1. An offer made; something proposed for acceptance by another; a tender; as, proffers of peace or friendship.
  2. Essay; attempt.


  1. To offer for acceptance; to propose to give; to make a tender of; as, to proffer a gift; to proffer services; to proffer friendship.
  2. To essay or attempt of one's own accord; to undertake, or propose to undertake.


To offer for acceptance
To undertake

Extensive Definition

To proffer (sometimes profer) means to offer evidence in support of an argument, or elements of an affirmative defense or offense, often at trial. A party with the burden of proof must proffer sufficient evidence to carry that burden.
For example, in support of a particular argument, a party may proffer documentary evidence or witnesses.
Where a party is denied the right to introduce evidence because that evidence would be inflammatory, hearsay, or would lack sufficient authentication, that party must make a proffer of what the evidence would have shown in order to preserve the issue for appeal.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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