preposterous

adjective
pre·​pos·​ter·​ous | \ pri-ˈpä-st(ə-)rəs How to pronounce preposterous (audio) \

Definition of preposterous

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

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Other Words from preposterous

preposterously adverb
preposterousness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for preposterous

Synonyms

absurd, bizarre, crazy, fanciful, fantastic (also fantastical), foolish, insane, nonsensical, unreal, wild

Antonyms

realistic, reasonable

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Examples of preposterous in a Sentence

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

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This is the point Hawley finds preposterous and Hofmann seeks to challenge. Fortune, "How This Pacific Northwest Distiller Is Making a New American Whiskey From the Ground Up," 31 Aug. 2019 The idea that bicycle commuting, to work, to the theater, to the store, is the way of the future is preposterous and does not take families into account. Joe Soucheray, Twin Cities, "Soucheray: There’s a price for all this big thinking," 31 Aug. 2019 The idea that this was all part of a grand scheme to lower his taxes by 7 cents on the dollar or to raise his net worth from $52 billion to $53 billion is preposterous. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "L’Esprit de l’Escalier, the ‘Times,’ Etc.," 27 Aug. 2019 To call the speech a masterpiece will strike his enemies as preposterous. Lance Morrow, WSJ, "The Longest Day for Trump’s Adversaries," 6 Feb. 2019 Thrillers are often far-fetched but seldom this preposterous. Bruce Desilva, Dallas News, "'The Russian' by Ben Coes is a preposterous thriller," 30 July 2019 With icy deadpan control, Stearns walks a perilously thin line between the provocative and the preposterous, courting your shock as well as your laughter. Justin Chang, Twin Cities, "‘The Art of Self-Defense’ takes violent comic aim at toxic masculinity," 19 July 2019 His story is intermittently entertaining, but the complicated and preposterous plot, with its many twists and turns, fails to hold one’s interest. Moira Hodgson, WSJ, "‘Little Culinary Triumphs’ and ‘Something Great and Beautiful’ Review: Staff of Life, Stuff of Farce," 14 Dec. 2018 With icy deadpan control, Stearns walks a perilously thin line between the provocative and the preposterous, courting your shock as well as your laughter. Justin Chang, Twin Cities, "‘The Art of Self-Defense’ takes violent comic aim at toxic masculinity," 19 July 2019

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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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preposterous

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of preposterous

: very foolish or silly

preposterous

adjective
pre·​pos·​ter·​ous | \ pri-ˈpä-stə-rəs How to pronounce preposterous (audio) \

Kids Definition of preposterous

: making little or no sense : foolish a preposterous excuse

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