SAT Vocabulary Words 21

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Approximately 5000 vocabulary words that should be memorized before taking the SAT. This lesson is broken into 26 parts.

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prelude

prelude (n)
An introductory or opening performance.

premature

premature (adj)
Coming too soon.

premier

premier (adj)
First in rank or position.

premise

premise (n)
A judgment as a conclusion.

premonition

premonition (n)
Foreboding.

preoccupation

preoccupation (n)
The state of having the mind, attention, or inclination preoccupied.

preoccupy

preoccupy (v)
To fill the mind of a person to the exclusion of other subjects.

preordain

preordain (v)
To foreordain.

preparation

preparation (n)
An act or proceeding designed to bring about some event.

preparatory

preparatory (adj)
Having to do with what is preliminary.

preponderant

preponderant (adj)
Prevalent.

preponderate

preponderate (v)
To exceed in influence or power.

prepossession

prepossession (n)
A preconceived liking.

preposterous

preposterous (adj)
Utterly ridiculous or absurd.

prerogative

prerogative (adj)
Having superior rank or precedence.

presage

presage (v)
To foretell.

prescience

prescience (n)
Knowledge of events before they take place.

prescient

prescient (adj)
Foreknowing.

prescript

prescript (adj)
Prescribed as a rule or model.

prescriptible

prescriptible (adj)
Derived from authoritative direction.

prescription

prescription (n)
An authoritative direction.

presentient

presentient (adj)
Perceiving or feeling beforehand.

presentiment

presentiment (n)
Foreboding.

presentment

presentment (n)
Semblance.

preservation

preservation (n)
Conservation.

presumption

presumption (n)
That which may be logically assumed to be true until disproved.

presumptuous

presumptuous (adj)
Assuming too much.

pretension

pretension (n)
A bold or presumptuous assertion.

pretentious

pretentious (adj)
Marked by pretense, conceit, or display.

preternatural

preternatural (adj)
Extraordinary.

pretext

pretext (n)
A fictitious reason or motive.

prevalence

prevalence (n)
Frequency.

prevalent

prevalent (adj)
Of wide extent or frequent occurrence.

prevaricate

prevaricate (v)
To use ambiguous or evasive language for the purpose of deceiving or diverting attention.

prevention

prevention (n)
Thwarting.

prickle

prickle (v)
To puncture slightly with fine, sharp points.

priggish

priggish (adj)
Conceited.

prim

prim (adj)
Stiffly proper.

prima

prima (adj)
First.

primer

primer (n)
An elementary reading-book for children.

primeval

primeval (adj)
Belonging to the first ages.

primitive

primitive (adj)
Pertaining to the beginning or early times.

principal

principal (adj)
Most important.

principality

principality (n)
The territory of a reigning prince.

principle

principle (n)
A general truth or proposition.

priory

priory (n)
A monastic house.

pristine

pristine (adj)
Primitive.

privateer

privateer (n)
A vessel owned and officered by private persons, but carrying on maritime war.

privilege

privilege (n)
A right or immunity not enjoyed by all, or that may be enjoyed only under special conditions.

privity

privity (n)
Knowledge shared with another or others regarding a private matter.

privy

privy (adj)
Participating with another or others in the knowledge of a secret transaction.

probate

probate (adj)
Relating to making proof, as of a will.

probation

probation (n)
Any proceeding designed to ascertain or test character, qualification, or the like.

probe

probe (v)
To search through and through.

probity

probity (n)
Virtue or integrity tested and confirmed.

procedure

procedure (n)
A manner or method of acting.

proceed

proceed (v)
To renew motion or action, as after rest or interruption.

proclamation

proclamation (n)
Any announcement made in a public manner.

procrastinate

procrastinate (v)
To put off till tomorrow or till a future time.

procrastination

procrastination (n)
Delay.

proctor

proctor (n)
An agent acting for another.

prodigal

prodigal (n)
One wasteful or extravagant, especially in the use of money or property.

prodigious

prodigious (adj)
Immense.

prodigy

prodigy (n)
A person or thing of very remarkable gifts or qualities.

productive

productive (adj)
Yielding in abundance.

profession

profession (n)
Any calling or occupation involving special mental or other special disciplines.

professor

professor (n)
A public teacher of the highest grade in a university or college.

proffer

proffer (v)
To offer to another for acceptance.

proficiency

proficiency (n)
An advanced state of acquirement, as in some knowledge, art, or science.

proficient

proficient (adj)
Possessing ample and ready knowledge or of skill in any art, science, or industry.

profile

profile (n)
An outline or contour.

profiteer

profiteer (n)
One who profits.

profligacy

profligacy (n)
Shameless viciousness.

profligate

profligate (adj)
Abandoned to vice.

profuse

profuse (adj)
Produced or displayed in overabundance.

progeny

progeny (n)
Offspring.

progression

progression (n)
A moving forward or proceeding in course.

prohibition

prohibition (n)
A decree or an order forbidding something.

prohibitionist

prohibitionist (n)
One who favors the prohibition by law of the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages.

prohibitory

prohibitory (adj)
Involving or equivalent to prohibition, especially of the sale of alcoholic beverages.

projection

projection (n)
A prominence.

proletarian

proletarian (n)
A person of the lowest or poorest class.

prolific

prolific (adj)
Producing offspring or fruit.

prolix

prolix (adj)
Verbose.

prologue

prologue (n)
A prefatory statement or explanation to a poem, discourse, or performance.

prolong

prolong (v)
To extend in time or duration.

promenade

promenade (v)
To walk for amusement or exercise.

prominence

prominence (n)
The quality of being noticeable or distinguished.

prominent

prominent (adj)
Conspicuous in position, character, or importance.

promiscuous

promiscuous (adj)
Brought together without order, distinction, or design (for sex).

promissory

promissory (adj)
Expressing an engagement to pay.

promontory

promontory (n)
A high point of land extending outward from the coastline into the sea.

promoter

promoter (n)
A furtherer, forwarder, or encourager.

promulgate

promulgate (v)
To proclaim.

propaganda

propaganda (n)
Any institution or systematic scheme for propagating a doctrine or system.

propagate

propagate (v)
To spread abroad or from person to person.

propel

propel (v)
To drive or urge forward.

propellant

propellant (adj)
Propelling.

propeller

propeller (n)
One who or that which propels.

prophecy

prophecy (n)
Any prediction or foretelling.

prophesy

prophesy (v)
To predict or foretell, especially under divine inspiration and guidance.

propitious

propitious (adj)
Kindly disposed.

proportionate

proportionate (adj)
Being in proportion.

propriety

propriety (n)
Accordance with recognized usage, custom, or principles.

propulsion

propulsion (n)
A driving onward or forward.

prosaic

prosaic (adj)
Unimaginative.

proscenium

proscenium (n)
That part of the stage between the curtain and the orchestra.

proscribe

proscribe (v)
To reject, as a teaching or a practice, with condemnation or denunciation.

proscription

proscription (n)
Any act of condemnation and rejection from favor and privilege.

proselyte

proselyte (n)
One who has been won over from one religious belief to another.

prosody

prosody (n)
The science of poetical forms.

prospector

prospector (n)
One who makes exploration, search, or examination, especially for minerals.

prospectus

prospectus (n)
A paper or pamphlet containing information of a proposed undertaking.

prostrate

prostrate (adj)
Lying prone, or with the head to the ground.

protagonist

protagonist (n)
A leader in any enterprise or contest.

protection

protection (n)
Preservation from harm, danger, annoyance, or any other evil.

protective

protective (adj)
Sheltering.

protector

protector (n)
A defender.

protege

protege (n)
One specially cared for and favored by another usually older person.

Protestant

Protestant (n)
A Christian who denies the authority of the Pope and holds the right of special judgment.

protomartyr

protomartyr (n)
The earliest victim in any cause.

protocol

protocol (n)
A declaration or memorandum of agreement less solemn and formal than a treaty.

protoplasm

protoplasm (n)
The substance that forms the principal portion of an animal or vegetable cell.

prototype

prototype (n)
A work, original in character, afterward imitated in form or spirit.

protract

protract (v)
To prolong.

protrude

protrude (v)
To push out or thrust forth.

protrusion

protrusion (n)
The act of protruding.

protuberance

protuberance (n)
Something that swells out from a surrounding surface.

protuberant

protuberant (adj)
Bulging.

protuberate

protuberate (v)
To swell or bulge beyond the surrounding surface.

proverb

proverb (n)
A brief, pithy saying, condensing in witty or striking form the wisdom of experience.

provident

provident (adj)
Anticipating and making ready for future wants or emergencies.

providential

providential (adj)
Effected by divine guidance.

provincial

provincial (adj)
Uncultured in thought and manner.

proviso

proviso (n)
A clause in a contract, will, etc., by which its operation is rendered conditional.

provocation

provocation (n)
An action or mode of conduct that excites resentment.

prowess

prowess (n)
Strength, skill, and intrepidity in battle.

proximately

proximately (adv)
Immediately.

proxy

proxy (n)
A person who is empowered by another to represent him or her in a given matter.

prudence

prudence (n)
Caution.

prudential

prudential (adj)
Proceeding or marked by caution.

prudery

prudery (n)
An undue display of modesty or delicacy.

prurient

prurient (adj)
Inclined to lascivious thoughts and desires.

pseudapostle

pseudapostle (n)
A pretended or false apostle.

pseudonym

pseudonym (n)
A fictitious name, especially when assumed by a writer.

pseudonymity

pseudonymity (n)
The state or character of using a fictitious name.

psychiatry

psychiatry (n)
The branch of medicine that relates to mental disease.

psychic

psychic (adj)
Pertaining to the mind or soul.

psychopathic

psychopathic (adj)
Morally irresponsible.

psychotherapy

psychotherapy (n)
The treatment of mental disease.

pudgy

pudgy (adj)
Small and fat.

puerile

puerile (adj)
Childish.

pugnacious

pugnacious (adj)
Quarrelsome.

puissant

puissant (adj)
Possessing strength.

pulmonary

pulmonary (adj)
Pertaining to the lungs.

punctilious

punctilious (adj)
Strictly observant of the rules or forms prescribed by law or custom.

punctual

punctual (adj)
Observant and exact in points of time.

pungent

pungent (adj)
Affecting the sense of smell.

pungency

pungency (n)
The quality of affecting the sense of smell.

punitive

punitive (adj)
Pertaining to punishment.

pupilage

pupilage (n)
The state or period of being a student.

purgatory

purgatory (n)
An intermediate state where souls are made fit for paradise or heaven by expiatory suffering.

purl

purl (v)
To cause to whirl, as in an eddy.

purloin

purloin (v)
To steal.

purport

purport (n)
Intent.

purveyor

purveyor (n)
one who supplies

pusillanimous

pusillanimous (adj)
Without spirit or bravery.

putrescent

putrescent (adj)
Undergoing decomposition of animal or vegetable matter accompanied by fetid odors.

pyre

pyre (n)
A heap of combustibles arranged for burning a dead body.

pyromania

pyromania (n)
An insane propensity to set things on fire.

pyrotechnic

pyrotechnic (adj)
Pertaining to fireworks or their manufacture.

pyx

pyx (n)
A vessel or casket, usually of precious metal, in which the host is preserved.

quackery

quackery (n)
Charlatanry

quadrate

quadrate (v)
To divide into quarters.

quadruple

quadruple (v)
To multiply by four.

qualification

qualification (n)
A requisite for an employment, position, right, or privilege.

qualify

qualify (v)
To endow or furnish with requisite ability, character, knowledge, skill, or possessions.

qualm

qualm (n)
A fit of nausea.

quandary

quandary (n)
A puzzling predicament.

quantity

quantity (n)
Magnitude.

quarantine

quarantine (n)
The enforced isolation of any person or place infected with contagious disease.

quarrelsome

quarrelsome (adj)
Irascible.

quarter

quarter (n)
One of four equal parts into which anything is or may be divided.

quarterly

quarterly (adj)
Occurring or made at intervals of three months.

quartet

quartet (n)
A composition for four voices or four instruments.

quarto

quarto (n)
An eight-page newspaper of any size.

quay

quay (n)
A wharf or artificial landing-place on the shore of a harbor or projecting into it.

querulous

querulous (adj)
Habitually complaining.

query

query (v)
To make inquiry.

queue

queue (n)
A file of persons waiting in order of their arrival, as for admittance.

quibble

quibble (n)
An utterly trivial distinction or objection.

quiescence

quiescence (n)
Quiet.

quiescent

quiescent (adj)
Being in a state of repose or inaction.

quiet

quiet (adj)
Making no noise.

quietus

quietus (n)
A silencing, suppressing, or ending.

quintessence

quintessence (n)
The most essential part of anything.