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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Preposterous  \Pre*pos"ter*ous\,  a.[L.  praeposterus  prae  before 
  +  posterus  coming  after  latter.  See  {Posterior}.] 
  1.  Having  that  first  which  ought  to  be  last  inverted  in 
  order  [Obs.] 
  The  method  I  take  may  be  censured  as  preposterous, 
  because  I  thus  treat  last  of  the  antediluvian  earth, 
  which  was  first  in  the  order  of  nature.  --Woodward. 
  2.  Contrary  to  nature  or  reason;  not  adapted  to  the  end 
  utterly  and  glaringly  foolish;  unreasonably  absurd; 
  perverted.  ``Most  preposterous  conclusions.''  --Shak. 
  Preposterous  ass,  that  never  read  so  far!  --Shak. 
  Syn:  Absurd;  perverted;  wrong  irrational;  foolish; 
  monstrous.  See  {Absurd}.  --  {Pre*pos"ter*ous*ly},  adv 
  -{Pre*pos"ter*ous*ness},  n. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  :  so  devoid  of  wisdom  or  good  sense  as  to  be  laughable;  "the 
  absurd  excuse  that  the  dog  ate  his  homework";  "ask  a 
  nonsensical  question  and  get  a  nonsensical  answer";  "a 
  contribution  so  small  as  to  be  derisory";  "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"  [syn:  {absurd},  {derisory}, 
  {ludicrous},  {nonsensical},  {ridiculous}] 

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