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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For all practical reasons, the claim that AT&T made to a federal judge that its merger with Time Warner could result in lower prices for DirecTV customers was preposterous. Dallas News, "One year after its merger, AT&T keeps raising its fees, slowly but surely," 5 July 2019 To some at the Navy’s outpost in Kuwait, the last-minute mission for which they were briefed on Jan. 11, 2016, seemed preposterous. Megan Rose, ProPublica, "Trump Keeps Talking About the Last Military Standoff With Iran — Here’s What Really Happened," 24 June 2019 Many of the paintings in Dana Schutz’s extraordinary recent exhibition of new work are on the face of it preposterous, even grotesque. Sanford Schwartz, The New York Review of Books, "Sanford Schwartz," 9 May 2019 The idea that imported Audis or VWs threaten U.S. national security is preposterous on its face. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Crash on the Autobahn," 22 Feb. 2019 But then, the more recent accusations are absolutely preposterous. Fox News, "Reps. Meadows, Jordan call on Rosenstein to testify," 27 Sep. 2018 Ranking Brady behind Cam Newton and Matt Ryan is preposterous. Ben Volin, BostonGlobe.com, "Expert panel: What should NFLPA fight for in next labor battle with NFL owners?," 29 June 2019 The video is funny, but preposterous—and not just for its surreal concept. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Hot Chip Hones the Meaning of ‘Ecstasy’," 25 June 2019 For the month of June, the demigod centerfielder is hitting a preposterous .358/.485/.765 with nine homers in 22 games. Jon Tayler, SI.com, "Mickey Callaway Should Have Been Fired for Reporter Confrontation," 25 June 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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The first known use of preposterous was in 1533

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More Definitions for preposterous

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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