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You might hear this used when someone proposes something that sounds like a really bad idea. Maybe someone is arguing or debating a point, but when one person feels that a suggestion or opinion is ridiculous, they might say that it is preposterous.
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Let me get this straight - you want me to shut down the business? That’s preposterous! I have over 50 members of staff to consider!
My manager preposterously tried to claim the credit for the success of my initiative after previously telling me how unfeasible it was.
Why on Earth would Tom accuse Frank of stealing his money? He would never do something like that. The very idea is just preposterous.