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Definitions for preposterous
prɪˈpɒs tər əs, -trəspre·pos·ter·ous

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. absurd, cockeyed, derisory, idiotic, laughable, ludicrous, nonsensical, preposterous, ridiculousadjective

    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. preposterousadjective

    Absurd, or contrary to common sense.

    Etymology: From praeposterus, from prae + posterus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Preposterousadjective

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

  2. Preposterousadjective

    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.]

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Numerology

  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

Examples of preposterous in a Sentence

  1. 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.

  2. Charles Lamb:

    A poor relation is the most irrelevant thing in nature, a piece of impertinent correspondence, an odious approximation, a haunting conscience, a preposterous shadow, lengthening in the noon-tide of our prosperity. He is known by his knock.

  3. Roy Blunt:

    Secretary McDonald’s preposterous statement is right out of Never Never Land, i call on Secretary McDonald to resign because Secretary McDonald preposterous statement’s clear Secretary McDonald can not prioritize getting our veterans the health care they deserve and have earned in a timely manner.

  4. Charles Krauthammer:

    Take all your dukes and marquesses and earls and viscounts, pack them into one chamber, call it the House of Lords to satisfy their pride and then strip it of all political power. It's a solution so perfectly elegant and preposterous that only the British could have managed it.

  5. Bayard Rustin:

    When I say I love Eastland, it sounds preposterous--a man who brutalizes people. But *you* love him or you wouldn't be here. You're going to Mississippi to create social change--and you love Eastland in your desire to create conditions which will redeem his children. Loving your enemy is manifest in putting your arms not around the man but around the social situation, to take power from those who misuse it--at which point they can become human too.

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