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preposterous (adj) absurd; silly

A preposterous statement is an absurd statement. It is ridiculous. A preposterous situation is a ridiculous situation. A man biting a dog and the dog dying is a preposterous situation. It is preposterous for a non-English person to try to teach native English speakers how to speak English. It is preposterous to argue that a horse can run faster than a motor car can, because the motor car has higher power and higher speed than a horse, however good it is.

  • The minister went to the preposterous extent of suggesting that without him the country could not make any progress.
  • Having joined the party only a few months ago, it is preposterous for him to demand that he be considered for an important ministry in the government. Many members felt it absurd on his part to make the demand.
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