1. acceptable to the taste or mind

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


  1. greatest in importance or degree or significance or achievement

    Synonyms : leading
    Examples :
    • a preeminent archeologist


  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


  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


  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


  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


  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


  1. a very steep cliff

    Type Of : cliff, drop, drop-off


  1. a district of a city or town marked out for administrative purposes

    Type Of : city district


  1. rule of personal conduct

    Synonyms : principle
    Type Of : rule, prescript
  2. a doctrine that is taught

    Synonyms : commandment, teaching
    Type Of : philosophical system, ism, school of thought, philosophy, doctrine
    Examples :
    • he believed all the Christian precepts