Lesson 22 (427-440)

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placate

to soothe or mollify especially by concessions; appease

plagiarize

to steal and pass off as one's own; use without crediting the source

plausible

adj. appearing worthy of belief

plebeian

n. one of the common people

plethora

n. excess, superfluity; also profusion; abundance

poignant

adj. painfully affecting the feelings; piercing; deeply affecting; touching; designed to make an impression; cutting; pleasurably stimulating; being to the point; apt

*ponderous

adj. unwieldy or clumsy because of weight and size 3 oppressively or unpleasantly dull; lifeless

*posthumous

adj. born after the father's death; published after the author's death; arising or continuing after one's death

potent

adj. able to copulate-usually used of the male

precarious

adj. dependent on uncertain premises; dubious; dependent on chance circumstances, unknown conditions, or uncertain developments; characterized by a lack of security or stability that threatens with danger

precedent

n. an earlier occurrence of something similar; something done or said that may serve as an example or rule to authorize or justify a subsequent act of the same or an analogous kind

preclude

to make impossible by necessary consequence; rule out in advance

precocious

adj. exceptionally early in development or occurrence

*precursor

n. one that precedes and indicates the approach of another; predecessor

predatory

adj. inclined or intended to injure or exploit others for personal gain or profit

predilection

n. an established preference for something

premise

n. either of the first two propositions of a syllogism from which the conclusion is drawn; something assumed or taken for granted

prerogative

n. an exclusive or special right, power, or privilege, one belonging to an office or an official body; one belonging to a person, group, or class of individuals; one possessed by a nation as an attribute of sovereignty

pristine

adj. not spoiled, corrupted, or polluted; pure; fresh and clean as or as if new

probity

n. adherence to the highest principles and ideals, uprightness

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