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propound
put forth for analysis
In your discussion, you have propounded several questions; let us consider each one separately
proponere "put forth"
propriety
fitness; correct conduct.
behave with propriety in any social situation
Latin proprietas "ownership, appropriateness"
proscribe
ostracize; banish; outlaw
the leader proscribed all those who had conspired against Julius Ceasar
"Latin proscribere "publish in writing, publish somebody's name as outlawed" < scribere = "write"]
proselytize
induce someone to convert to a religion or belief.
...we should respect all points of view and not proselytize.
prostrate
stretch out full on the ground.
strat = horizontal layer, stretched, spread out.
protean
versatile; able to take on many forms.
The protean actor could take on any role.
""Greek sea god, Proteus, who could quickly change his form to escape his enemies. proteios "first, primary", the root of the word protein
protract
prolong.
the management tried to protract the negotiations endlessly.
pro: forward
tract: to drag, pull
provenance
origin or source of something.
... not interested in provenance; I am more concerned with its usefulness than with its source.

pro (for,before,forward,ahead)
provident
displaying foresight; thrifty; preparing for emergencies.
In his usual provident manner, he had insured himself against this type of loss.
< Latin providere "prepare in advance, supply," literally "see ahead" < videre "see"]
proviso
stipulation.
I am ready to accept your proposal with the proviso that you meet your obligations within the next two weeks.
proxy
authorized agent.
Please act as my proxy in my absence.
Latin procuratio "care, management"
prurient
having or causing lustful thoughts and desires.
Aroused by his prurient impulses...
prurire "itch, long for"]
puerile
childish.
His puerile pranks sometimes offended his more mature friends.
puer "child, boy"]
puer "child, boy"]
pugnacity
combativeness; disposition to fight.
... making a fist to show his pugnacity
Latin pugnac- < pugnus "fist"
puissant
powerful; strong; potent.
We must keep his friendship because he will make a puissant ally.
< French < Latin posse "be able," after potent- "powerful"
pulchritude
beauty;
... select Miss America from a collection of female pulchritude
pulch = pretty
pulverize
crush or grind into very small particles.
... pulverized into a fine powder
pummel
beat or pound with fists.
the girl pummeled her brother
pundit
authority on a subject; learned person.
write about the subject as if they are pundits...
punitive
punishing.
He asked for punitive measures against the offender.
Latin punire "penalty"]