What does preposterous mean?

Definitions for preposterousprɪˈpɒs tər əs, -trəs

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word preposterous.

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"


  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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Preposterous

    prē-pos′tėr-us, adj. contrary to nature or reason: wrong: absurd: foolish.—adv. Prepos′terously.—n. Prepos′terousness, unreasonableness. [L. præposteruspræ, before, posterus, after—post, after.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of preposterous in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of preposterous in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. R Chamberlain:

    When the scale of sensuality bears down that of reason, the baseness of our nature conducts us to most preposterous conclusions.

  2. Subodh Chandra:

    The view expressed in those reports that the killing of Tamir Rice was reasonable and justified is nothing short of preposterous.

  3. Fergus Cullen:

    The idea that people are coming to New Hampshire to commit fraud on a massive scale like this is just preposterous and it needs to be called out as untrue.

  4. Jane Kim:

    It’s not inherently a bad thing, but it will concentrate wealth and it’s going to drive further inequity if you don’t prepare for it now, preposterous.

  5. Kurt Vonnegut:

    Any reviewer who expresses rage and loathing for a novel is preposterous. He or she is like a person who has put on full armor and attacked a hot fudge sundae.

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