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 Dictionary entry overview: What does preposterous mean? 

PREPOSTEROUS (adjective)
  The adjective PREPOSTEROUS has 1 sense:

1. incongruous;inviting ridicule

  Familiarity information: PREPOSTEROUS used as an adjective is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

PREPOSTEROUS (adjective)

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Incongruous;inviting ridicule


derisory; laughable; nonsensical; preposterous; absurd; cockeyed; idiotic; ludicrous; ridiculous

Context examples:

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


foolish (devoid of good sense or judgment)

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