A proffer is an offer made prior to any formal negotiations.
In a trial, to proffer (sometimes profer) is to offer evidence in support of an argument, or elements of an affirmative defense or offense. 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.
As in business, a proffer can be a sign of “good faith” a first offer or proposal, to show a willingness to “barter”.
An offer made; something tender.
An attempt, an essay.
To offer for give; to make a tender of.
“to proffer friendship, a gift, or services”
To attempt or essay of one’s own accord; to undertake or propose to undertake.
A proposal that has been made.
“What’s in his offer?”
Something put forth, bid, proffered or tendered.
“His offer was $3.50 per share.”
An invitation to enter into a binding contract communicated to another party which contains terms sufficiently definite to create an enforceable contract if the other party accepts the invitation.
“His first letter was not a real offer, but an attempt to determine interest.”
agent noun of off
To present (something) to God as a gesture of worship, or for a sacrifice.
To place (something) in a position where it can be added to an existing mechanical assembly.
To propose or express one’s willingness (to do something).
“She offered to help with her homework.”
To present in words; to proffer; to make a proposal of; to suggest.
“Everybody offered an opinion.”
To place at someone’s disposal; to present (something) to be either accepted or turned down.
“He offered use of his car for the week.”
“He offered his good will for the Councilman’s vote.”
To bid, as a price, reward, or wages.
“I offered twenty dollars for it.”
“The company is offering a salary of £30,000 a year.”
To happen, to present itself.
To make an attempt; typically used with at.
To put in opposition to; to manifest in an offensive way; to threaten.
“to offer violence to somebody”