- pre|pos|ter|ous «prih POS tuhr uhs, -truhs», adjective.against nature, reason, or common sense; absurd; senseless; foolish: »
It would be preposterous to shovel snow with a teaspoon. That the moon is made of green cheese is a preposterous notion.SYNONYM(S): nonsensical. See syn. under ridiculous. (Cf. ↑ridiculous)╂[< Latin praeposterus (with English -ous) absurd; (originally) in reverse order < prae- before + posterus coming after < post after]–pre|pos´ter|ous|ly, adverb.–pre|pos´ter|ous|ness, noun.
Useful english dictionary. 2012.
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pre|pos´ter|ous|ly — pre|pos|ter|ous «prih POS tuhr uhs, truhs», adjective. against nature, reason, or common sense; absurd; senseless; foolish: »It would be preposterous to shovel snow with a teaspoon. That the moon is made of green cheese is a preposterous notion.… … Useful english dictionary
pre|pos|ter|ous — «prih POS tuhr uhs, truhs», adjective. against nature, reason, or common sense; absurd; senseless; foolish: »It would be preposterous to shovel snow with a teaspoon. That the moon is made of green cheese is a preposterous notion. SYNONYM(S):… … Useful english dictionary
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pre|car´i|ous|ness — pre|car|i|ous «prih KAIR ee uhs», adjective. 1. not safe or secure; uncertain; dangerous; risky: »Soldiers on the battlefield lead a precarious life. His poor hold on the branch was precarious. His power was more precarious than…he was willing to … Useful english dictionary
pre|sump´tu|ous|ness — pre|sump|tu|ous «prih ZUHMP chu uhs», adjective. 1. acting without permission or right; too bold; forward; daring too much: »But it is presumptuous and untrue to insist that God must back us up whatever we do (Atlantic). SYNONYM(S): overbold,… … Useful english dictionary
pre´pos|sess´ing|ness — pre|pos|sess|ing «PREE puh ZEHS ihng», adjective. making a favorable first impression; attractive; pleasing: »a most prepossessing young man. Clean clothes and good manners are prepossessing. –pre´pos|sess´ing|ly, adverb. –pre´pos|sess´ing|ness,… … Useful english dictionary
un´pre|pos|sess´ing|ness — un|pre|pos|sess|ing «UHN pree puh ZEHS ihng», adjective. not prepossessing; unattractive: »Unprepossessing…in feature, gait and manners…these poor fellows formed a class apart (Samuel Butler). –un´pre|pos|sess´ing|ly, adverb.… … Useful english dictionary
pre|cip´i|tous|ness — pre|cip|i|tous «prih SIHP uh tuhs», adjective. 1. like a precipice; very steep: »precipitous cliffs. Access was gained by precipitous stone steps carved into the walls of rock (Newsweek). SYNONYM(S): See syn. under steep. (Cf. ↑steep) 2.… … Useful english dictionary
pre|cip´i|tate´ness — pre|cip|i|tate «verb. prih SIHP uh tayt; adjective, noun. prih SIHP uh tayt, tiht», verb, tat|ed, tat|ing, adjective, noun. –v.t. 1. to hasten the beginning of; bring about suddenly: »to precipitate a war, to precipitate an argument; ... the… … Useful english dictionary
pre|sent´a|ble|ness — pre|sent|a|ble «prih ZEHN tuh buhl», adjective. 1. fit to be seen: »to make a house presentable for company. 2. suitable in appearance, dress, or manners for being introduced into society or company: »a very presentable young man. 3. suitable to… … Useful english dictionary