prescient

  1. perceiving the significance of events before they occur

    Examples :
    • extraordinarily prescient memoranda on the probable course of postwar relations

palisade

  1. surround with a wall in order to fortify

    Synonyms : fence, fence in, surround, wall
    Type Of : protect
  2. fortification consisting of a strong fence made of stakes driven into the ground

    Type Of : fortification, munition

prerogative

  1. a right reserved exclusively by a particular person or group (especially a hereditary or official right)

    Synonyms : exclusive right, perquisite, privilege
    Type Of : right
    Examples :
    • suffrage was the prerogative of white adult males

palatable

  1. acceptable to the taste or mind

    Synonyms : toothsome
    Antonyms : unpalatable
    Examples :
    • palatable food
    • a palatable solution to the problem

preeminent

  1. greatest in importance or degree or significance or achievement

    Synonyms : leading
    Examples :
    • a preeminent archeologist

predicament

  1. a situation from which extrication is difficult especially an unpleasant or trying one

    Synonyms : plight, quandary
    Type Of : difficulty
    Examples :
    • finds himself in a most awkward predicament

predecessor

  1. something that precedes and indicates the approach of something or someone

    Synonyms : forerunner, harbinger, herald, precursor
    Type Of : indicant, indication
  2. one who precedes you in time (as in holding a position or office)

    Type Of : forerunner, precursor

precocious

  1. appearing or developing early

    Examples :
    • precocious flowers appear before the leaves as in some species of magnolias
  2. characterized by or characteristic of exceptionally early development or maturity (especially in mental aptitude)

    Antonyms : retarded
    Examples :
    • a precocious child
    • a precocious achievement

preclude

  1. make impossible, especially beforehand

    Synonyms : close out, rule out
    Type Of : eliminate, rid of, obviate
  2. keep from happening or arising; make impossible

    Synonyms : forbid, foreclose, forestall, prevent
    Examples :
    • Your role in the projects precludes your involvement in the competitive project

precipitous

  1. done with very great haste and without due deliberation

    Synonyms : hasty, overhasty, precipitant, precipitate
  2. extremely steep

    Synonyms : abrupt, sharp
    Examples :
    • the precipitous rapids of the upper river
    • the precipitous hills of Chinese paintings