Definitions for preposterousprɪˈpɒs tər əs, -trəs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pre•pos•ter•ous*prɪˈpɒs tər əs, -trəs(adj.)

  1. completely contrary to nature, reason, or common sense; senseless; foolish.

* Syn: See absurd.

Origin of preposterous:

1535–45; < L praeposterus in the wrong order. See pre -, posterior , -ous

pre•pos′ter•ous•ness(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. absurd, cockeyed, derisory, idiotic, laughable, ludicrous, nonsensical, preposterous, ridiculous(adj)

    incongruous;inviting ridicule

    "the absurd excuse that the dog ate his homework"; "that's a cockeyed idea"; "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"

Wiktionary

  1. preposterous(Adjective)

    Absurd, or contrary to common sense.

  2. Origin: From praeposterus, from prae + posterus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Preposterous(adj)

    having that first which ought to be last; inverted in order

  2. Preposterous(adj)

    contrary to nature or reason; not adapted to the end; utterly and glaringly foolish; unreasonably absurd; perverted


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

preposterous(adjective)

very foolish; ridiculous.

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