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preposterous

[pri-pos-ter-uh s, -truh s] /prɪˈpɒs tər əs, -trəs/
adjective
1.
completely contrary to nature, reason, or common sense; absurd; senseless; utterly foolish:
a preposterous tale.
Origin
1535-1545
1535-45; < Latin praeposterus with the hinder part foremost. See pre-, posterior, -ous
Related forms
preposterously, adverb
preposterousness, noun
unpreposterous, adjective
unpreposterously, adverb
unpreposterousness, noun
Synonyms
unreasonable, excessive, ridiculous. See absurd.
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preposterous

/prɪˈpɒstərəs/
adjective
1.
contrary to nature, reason, or sense; absurd; ridiculous
Derived Forms
preposterously, adverb
preposterousness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin praeposterus reversed, from prae in front, before + posterus following
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Word Origin and History for un preposterous
preposterous
c.1540, from L. præposterus "absurd, contrary to nature," lit. "before-behind" (cf. topsy-turvy, cart before the horse), from præ "before" + posterus "subsequent."
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