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precept
n. practical rule guiding conduct
precinct
n. district or division of a city
precipice
n. cliff; dangerous position
precipitate
adj. rash; premature; hasty; sudden
precipitate
v. throw headlong; hasten
precipitous
adj. steep; overhasty
precis
n. concise summing up of main points
precise
adj. exact
preclude
v. make impossible; eliminate
precocious
adj. advanced in development
precursor
n. forerunner
predator
n. creature that seizes and devours another animal; person who robs or exploits others
predecessor
n. former occupant of a post
predetermine
v. predestine; settle or decide beforehand; influence markedly
predicament
n. tricky or dangerous situation; dilemma
predilection
n. partiality; preference
predispose
v. give an inclination toward; make susceptible to
preeminent
adj. outstanding; superior
preempt
v. head off; forestall by acting first; appropriate for oneself; supplant
preen
v. make oneself tidy in appearance; feel self-satisfaction
prehensile
adj. capable of grasping or holding
prelate
n. church dignitary
prelude
n. introduction; forerunner
premeditate
v. plan in advance
premise
n. assumption; postulate
premonition
n. forewarning
preposterous
adj. absurd; ridiculous
prerogative
n. privilege; unquestionable right
presage
v. foretell
prescience
n. ability to foretell the future
presentiment
n. feeling something will happen; anticipatory fear; premonition
prestige
n. impression produced by achievements or reputation
presumptuous
adj. overconfident; impertinently bold; taking liberties
pretentious
adj. ostentatious; pompous; making unjustified claims; overly ambitious
preternatural
adj. beyond what is normal in nature
pretext
n. excuse
prevail
v. induce; triumph over
prevalent
adj. widespread; generally accepted
prevaricate
v. lie
prey
n. target of a hunt; victim
prim
adj. very precise and formal; exceedingly proper
primordial
adj. existing at the beginning (of time); rudimentary
primp
v. groom oneself with care; adorn oneself
pristine
adj. characteristic of earlier times; primitive; unspoiled
privation
n. hardship; want
probe
v. explore with tools
problematic
adj. doubtful; unsettled; questionable; perplexing
proclivity
n. inclination; natural tendency
procrastinate
v. postpone; delay or put off
prod
v. poke; stir up; urge
prodigal
adj. wasteful; reckless with money
prodigious
adj. marvelous; enormous
prodigy
n. marvel; highly gifted child
profane
v. violate; desecrate; treat unworthily
profligate
adj. dissipated; wasteful; wildly immoral
profound
adj. deep; not superficial; complete
profusion
n. overabundance; lavish expenditure; excess
progenitor
n. ancestor
progeny
n. children; offspring
prognosis
n. forecasted course of a disease; prediction
projectile
n. missile
proletarian
n. member of the working class; blue collar person
proliferation
n. rapid growth; spread; multiplication
prolific
adj. abundantly fruitful
prolixity
n. tedious wordiness; verbosity
prologue
n. introduction (to a poem or play)
prolong
v. make longer; draw out; lengthen
prominent
adj. conspicuous; notable; sticking out
promiscuous
adj. mixed indiscriminately; haphazard; irregular, particular sexually
promontory
n. headland
promote
v. help to flourish; advance in rank; publicize
prompt
v. cause; provoke; provide a cue for an actor
promulgate
v. proclaim a doctrine or law; make known by official publication
prone
adj. inclined to prostrate
propagate
v. multiply; spread
propellants
n. substances that propel or drive forward
propensity
n. natural inclination
prophetic
adj. foretelling the future
propinquity
n. nearness; kinship
propitiate
v. appease