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precept
n. practical rule guiding conduct


"love thy neighbor as thyself" is a worthwhile precept
precipice
n. cliff; dangerous position

Suddenly Indiana Jones found himself dangling from the edge of a precipice
precipitant
n. something that causes a substance in a chemical sln to separate out in solid form
precipitate
adj. rash; premature; hasty; sudden

quitting a job in such a precipitate fashion

v. throw headlong; hasten

removal of his support precipitated her downfall
precipitous
adj. steep; overhasty


This hill is difficult to climb bc it is so precipitous; one slip, and our descent will be precipitous as well
precis
n. concise summing up of main points

before her presentation, she wrote a neat precis of the major pts she would cover
precocious
adj. advanced in development

she was so grownup (procoscious!)
predator
n. person who robs or exploits others
preeminent
adj outstanding; superior


the preeminent surgeon
preempt
v. head off; forestall by acting first; appropriate for oneself; supplant


Hoping to preempt any attempts by the opposition....
preen
v. make oneself tidy in appearance; feel self-satisfaction


As Kitty preened before the mirror, she couldn't help preening herself on her good looks
prefatory
adj. introductory


he made a few prefatory remarks about the speaker
prehensile
adj. capable of grasping or holding


monkeys have prehensile tails
prelate
n. church dignitary
premeditate
v. plan in advance


He had premeditated the murder for months
premise
n. assumption; postulate


On the premise that...
premonitory
adj. serving to warn


You should have seen the doctor right after the premonitory chest pains.
preponderance
n. superiority of power, quantity, etc


the rebels sought to overcome the preponderance of govt forces
preposterous
adj. absurd; ridiculous

What a preposterous excuse!
prerogative
n. privilge; unquestionable right

The president cannot levy taxes; that is the prerogative of the legislative branch of govt
presage
v. foretell

the vultures above presaged the discovery of the corpse
prescience
n. ability to foretell the future

it does not take prescience for me to foresee problems in our future
presentiment
n. feeling something will happen; anticipatory fear; premonition

Jack had a sudden presentiment that this was the last time he would see Jill
presumptuous
adj. arrogant; taking liberties


it seems presumptuous for a newby to challenge the attending
pretentious
adj. ostentatious; pompous; making unjustified claims; overambitious


it's so pretentious of him to wear his medal
preternatural
adj. beyond that which is normal in nature

her preternatural ability to tell whenever he was lying
pretext
n. excuse


she looked for a good pretext
prevail
v. induce; triumph over


He tried to prevail on her to type his essay for him
prevaricate
v. lie
prey
n. target of a hunt; victim
prim
adj. very precise and formal; exceedingly proper

the old lady's prim attire
primogeniture
n. seniority by birth


by virtue of primogeniture...
primordial
adj. existing at the beginning (of time); rudimentary


primordial ancestors
primp
v. groom oneself w/ care; adorn oneself.

the bride primped on last time before the mirror
pristine
adj. characteristic of earlier times; primitive; unspoiled
privation
n. hardship; want


In his youth,m he knew hunger and privation
privy
adj. secret; hidden; not public
probity
n. uprightness; incorruptibility

Everyone took his probity for granted; his defalcations (embezzlement), therefore, shocked us all
problematic
adj. doubtful; unsettled; questionable; perplexing

whether the arena will ever be completed is problematic
proclivity
n. inclination; natural tendency

proclivity for neatness
procurement
n. obtaining


the personnel dept handles the procurement of new employees
prod
v. poke; stir up; urge

If you prod him hard enough, he'll do it
prodigal
adj. wasteful; reckless w/ money
prodigious
think prodigy?!

adj. marvelous; enormous


we marveled at his prodigious strength
profane
v. violate; desecrate; treat unworthily
profligate
adj. dissipated; wasteful; wildly immoral
profound
adj. deep; not superficial; complete

n. profundity
profusion
n. overabundance; lavish expenditure; excess


profusion of choices on the menu
profuse apologies
progenitor
n. ancestor
prognosticate
v. predict


I prognosticate disaster unless ew change our wasteful ways
projectile
n. milssile
proletarian
n. member of the working class; blue collar guy

n. proletariat
prolific
adj. abundantly fruitful


She was a prolific writer
prolixity
n. tedious wordiness; verbosity


A speaker who suffers from prolixity tells us everything we don't care about
promiscuous
adj. mixed indiscriminately; haphazard; irregular, particularly sexually
promontory
n. headland

they erected a lighthouse on the promontory
promulgate
v. proclaim a doctrine or law; make known by official publication


When Moses came down from the mountaintop prepared to promulgate God's commandments, he was appalled to discover his followers worshiping a golden calf
prone
adj. inclined to ; prostrate
propinquity
n. nearness; kinship


their relationship is not based on mere propinquity; they were more than relatives; they were true friends
propitiate
v. appease

The natives offered sacrifices to propitiate the gods.