Adjective "preposterous" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Contrary to reason or common sense; utterly absurd or ridiculous.
  1. 'Because we so value liberty, most Americans would find this view utterly preposterous.'
  2. 'The only reason the idea seems so preposterous is because we refuse to live like them.'
  3. 'So preposterous seemed the suggestion, a stifled laugh was as much as I could offer by way of a response.'
  4. 'It's an indulgent fantasy, saved by Chow's precise comic timing and the preposterous action sequences.'
  5. 'Some may consider it all irresistibly smart, rather than merely preposterous and precocious in equal measure.'
  6. 'My list of possibilities, like anyone else's, is utterly preposterous.'
  7. 'Even a sensible idea or a fine principle is exaggerated to the point that it becomes preposterous and untenable.'
  8. 'I don't know about you, but I happen to think that this defense is preposterous.'
  9. 'It is surely preposterous that modern civilisation as we know it would not only collapse but also leave no reliable account of its fate.'


1. completely contrary to nature, reason, or common sense; absurd; senseless; utterly foolish: a preposterous tale.

More examples(as adjective)

"weeks can be preposterous in views."

"remarks can be preposterous to manies."

"people can be preposterous in ways."

"suggestions can be preposterous."

"weeks can be preposterous."

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Mid 16th century: from Latin praeposterus ‘reversed, absurd’ (from prae ‘before’ + posterus ‘coming after’) + -ous.