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Preponderance (n)

superiority of power, quantity etc
The rebels sought to overcome the preponderance strength of the government forces by engaging in guerrilla tactics

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Presage (v)

foretell

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Prescience (v)

ability to foretell the future

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Preternatural (adj)

beyond that which is normal in nature
John's mother total ability to tell when he was lying struck him as almost preternatural

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Prevaricate (v)

lie
Some people believe that so prevaricate in a good cause is justifiable and regard the statement as a white lie

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Primordial (adj)

existing at the beginning of time; rudimentary
The neanderthals man is one of our primordial ancestors

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Privation (n)

hardship; want
In his youth, he knew hunger and privation

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Probity (n)

uprightness; incorruptibility
Everyone too his probity for granted; his indictment for embezzlement, therefore shocked us all

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Proclivity (n)

inclination; natural tendency
Watching the two year old voluntarily put away his toys, I was amazed by his proclivity for neatness

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Prod (v)

poke; stir up; urge
If you prod him hard enough, he'll eventually clean his room

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Prodigal (adj)

wasteful; reckless

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Profilgate (adj)

dissipated; wasteful; wildly immoral
Although surrounded by wild and profligate companions, she managed to retain some sense of decency

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Profusion (n)

overabundance; lavish expenditure; excess
Freddy was so overwhelmed by the profusion of choices on the menu

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Progenitor (v)

ancestor

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Prognosticate (v)

predict
Although some economists prognosticated the imminent failure of the Social Security system, Senator Sanders maintained the system was nowhere near going broke

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Proletarian (n)

member of the working class

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Prolixity (n)

tedious wordiness; verbosity
A writer who suffers from prolixity tells his readers everything they never wanted to know about his subject

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Promulgate (v)

proclaim a doctrine or law; make known by official publication
When Moses came down from the mountains, he prepared to promulgate God's commandments