pre|pos|ter|ous

pre|pos|ter|ous
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.

См. также в других словарях:

  • 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 — …   Useful english dictionary

  • pre|pos´ter|ous|ness — 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|car´i|ous|ly — 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|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 admit (Scott) …   Useful english dictionary

  • pre|sump´tu|ous|ly — 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|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, impudent, arrogant …   Useful english dictionary

  • pre|pon´der|ous|ly — pre|pon|der|ous «pree PON duhr uhs, adjective. = preponderant. (Cf. ↑preponderant) –pre|pon´der|ous|ly, adverb …   Useful english dictionary

  • pre|pon|der|ous — «pree PON duhr uhs, adjective. = preponderant. (Cf. ↑preponderant) –pre|pon´der|ous|ly, adverb …   Useful english dictionary

  • pre|can|cer|ous — «pree KAN suhr uhs», adjective. of or having to do with a condition of the tissues which, while not now cancerous may develop into cancer, as certain skin growths: »Examination of the lungs of cigarette smokers under the microscope reveals… …   Useful english dictionary


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