(?), a. [L. praeposterus; prae before + posterus coming after, latter. See Posterior.]
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1. Having that first which ought to be last; inverted in order. [Obs.]
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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.
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2. Contrary to nature or reason; not adapted to the end; utterly and glaringly foolish; unreasonably absurd; perverted. "Most preposterous conclusions." Shak.
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Preposterous ass, that never read so far!
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Syn. -- Absurd; perverted; wrong; irrational; foolish; monstrous. See Absurd.
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-- Pre*pos"ter*ous*ly, adv. -Pre*pos"ter*ous*ness, n.
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