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precept
practical rule guiding conduct
precipice
cliff; dangerous position
precipitate
ADJ: rash; premature; sudden; hasty
their actions were precipitate
precipitate
throw headlong; hasten
the incident precipitated a crisis
precipitous
steep; overhasty
a precipitous drop
precis
PRECISE; concise summing up of main points (noun)
preclude
make impossible; eliminate; prevent
his difficulties preclude him from leading a normal life
precocious
advanced in development
a precocious child
predilection
partiality; preference
my predilection for asian food
preeminent
outstanding; superior
the preeminent surgeon in this field
preen
make onself tidy in appearance; feel self-satisfaction
she preened before the mirror and preened herself on her beauty
prefatory
introductory
prefatory remarks
prehensile
capable of grasping or holding
a monkey has a prehensile tail
prelate
church dignitary
a bishop is a prelate
preponderance
superiority of power, quantity
the preponderance of women among older people
presage
foretell
the vultures presaged the discovery of the corpse
prescience
ability to foretell the future
a prescient warning
preternatural
beyond that which is normal in nature
pretext
excuse
she made up a good pretext to get out of visiting her aunt
prevaricate
lie
the witness prevaricated often in his testimony
prim
very precise and formal
the prim attire of the queen
primogeniture
seniority by birth
primordial
existing at the beginning of time
the caveman is our primordial ancestor
primp
groom with care
the bride primped herself in the mirror
privation
hardship
years of rationing and privation
probity
uprightness; incorruptibility
accountants demonstrate financial probity
proclivity
inclination; natural tendency
his proclivity for neatness
prodigal
wasteful; reckless with money
don't be prodigal spending my money
prodigious
marvelous; enormous
his prodigious strength
profane
VERB: violate; desecrate
he profaned the sanctity of the church
profligate
dissipated; wasteful; immoral
a profligate lifestyle
profligate consumers of energy
profusion
overabundance; lavish spending; excess
the profusion of choices on the menu
progenitor
ancestor
progeny
children; offspring
proletarian
member of the working class; blue collar worker
prolixity
tedious wordiness; verbosity
the book suffered from prolixity
promontory
high land jutting into water
a rocky promontory
promulgate
proclaim a law by official declaration
Moses promulgated God's commandments
prophylactic
used to prevent disease
prophylactic measures by the CDC
propinquity
nearness; kinship
the friends shared propinquity
propitiate
appease
they offered sacrifices to propitiate the gods