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20 terms

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