preposterous

adjective
pre·​pos·​ter·​ous | \pri-ˈpä-st(ə-)rəs \

Definition of preposterous 

: contrary to nature, reason, or common sense : absurd

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Other Words from preposterous

preposterously adverb
preposterousness noun

Examples of preposterous in a Sentence

The whole idea is preposterous! the idea that extraterrestrials built the pyramids is preposterous

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Television and movies repeatedly offer the message that having your parents involved in the choice of your partner is preposterous and backwards. Huda Al-marashi, SELF, "7 Things I Wish More People Understood About My Arranged Marriage," 1 Nov. 2018 Director Donovan Marsh adroitly fits them together to deliver a thriller that’s consistently exciting and thoroughly preposterous. Soren Andersen, The Seattle Times, "‘Hunter Killer’: Gerard Butler leads a wild submarine ride," 25 Oct. 2018 This is a preposterous theory that caused significant heartache at Johnson Space Center and elsewhere in NASA. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "On Thursday a rocket failed. Three humans remain on the ISS. What’s next?," 11 Oct. 2018 If the prospect of China hurting one of Europe’s premiere companies in order to punish the US sounds preposterous, then welcome to the world of trade wars and unintended circumstances. Molly Jackson, The Christian Science Monitor, "In a US-China trade war, big losers include ... BMW? Taiwan?," 12 July 2018 With a preposterous level of futility in the early innings, the Padres left themselves vulnerable to a comeback. Kevin Acee, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Padres get around to scoring, then Richard falters in loss to A's," 4 July 2018 Love: the word is applied like glue, keeping this vast book in one preposterous piece. Tobi Haslett, The New Yorker, "The Man Who Led the Harlem Renaissance—and His Hidden Hungers," 11 May 2018 And then there is the fact that the fact seems preposterous. Jonathan Wilson, SI.com, "Gareth Southgate Makes Own Luck in Guiding England to World Cup Semifinals," 10 July 2018 At first blush that seems a preposterous suggestion. The Economist, "Germany is becoming more open and diverse," 14 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of preposterous

1533, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for preposterous

Latin praeposterus, literally, in the wrong order, from prae- + posterus hinder, following — more at posterior

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The first known use of preposterous was in 1533

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preposterous

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of preposterous

: very foolish or silly

preposterous

adjective
pre·​pos·​ter·​ous | \pri-ˈpä-stə-rəs \

Kids Definition of preposterous

: making little or no sense : foolish a preposterous excuse

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