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Pronunciation:  pri'p√Ęsturus

WordNet Dictionary
[adj]  completely devoid of wisdom or good sense; "the absurd excuse that the dog ate his homework"; "ask a nonsensical question and get a nonsensical answer"; "a contribution so small as to be laughable"; "it is ludicrous to call a cottage a mansion"; "a preposterous attempt to turn back the pages of history"; "her conceited assumption of universal interest in her rather dull children was ridiculous"

PREPOSTEROUS is a 12 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: absurd, derisory, foolish, laughable, ludicrous, nonsensical, ridiculous



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Pre*pos"ter*ous\, a.[L. praeposterus; prae before
+ posterus coming after, latter. See {Posterior}.]
1. Having that first which ought to be last; inverted in
   order. [Obs.]

         The method I take may be censured as preposterous,
         because I thus treat last of the antediluvian earth,
         which was first in the order of nature. --Woodward.

2. Contrary to nature or reason; not adapted to the end;
   utterly and glaringly foolish; unreasonably absurd;
   perverted. ``Most preposterous conclusions.'' --Shak.

         Preposterous ass, that never read so far! --Shak.

Syn: Absurd; perverted; wrong; irrational; foolish;
     monstrous. See {Absurd}. -- {Pre*pos"ter*ous*ly}, adv.
     -{Pre*pos"ter*ous*ness}, n.