1. [syn: laughably, ridiculously, ludicrously, preposterously]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Preposterous \Pre*pos"ter*ous\, a. [L. praeposterus; prae before
+ posterus coming after, latter. See Posterior.]
1. Having that first which ought to be last; inverted in
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. --Woodward.
2. Contrary to nature or reason; not adapted to the end;
utterly and glaringly foolish; unreasonably absurd;
perverted. "Most preposterous conclusions." --Shak.
Preposterous ass, that never read so far! --Shak.
Syn: Absurd; perverted; wrong; irrational; foolish;
monstrous. See Absurd.
[1913 Webster] -- Pre*pos"ter*ous*ly, adv.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adv 1: so as to arouse or deserve laughter; "her income was
laughably small, but she managed to live well" [syn:
laughably, ridiculously, ludicrously,