misadventure (s) (noun)
, misadventures (pl)
1. An unfortunate event, especially something unlucky or amusing, that can happen to anyone; a mishap: Jane's misadventures began when she lost her key, and soon after missed the bus, forgot her purse on the bus, and was late for work.
2. In law, a death due to an unintentional accident without any violation of law or criminal negligence: A misadventure is an accidental decease that is not caused by a breach or the law or any illicit dereliction.
Not to be found.
These are the words that the sheriff writes on a writ when the defendant is not to be found in his bailiwick (area of legal responsibility).
parvenu (s) (noun)
, parvenus (pl)
1. Someone who has recently become wealthy or risen to a higher position in society, but who is still considered as an inferior by other rich and powerful people: Morgan became a parvenu
when he recently became affluent and did not get the prestige, dignity, and manner associated with it because, when his aunt died and willed her property and money to him, he was still working as a carpenter's assistant.
2. Etymology: from Latin pervenio
, "to arrive, to reach” and then from French, parvenir
, "to reach, to arrive, to manage to achieve something."
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peradventure (s) (noun)
, peradventures (pl)
Chance, doubt, or uncertainty: Amanda's innocence of shoplifting was beyond peradventure.
In anatomy, a reference to the area around the "tunica adventitia" of a blood vessel: In the lecture, the students were informed about the periadventitial
veins and arteries in a person's body.
The adventitia is the outermost connective tissue covering any organ, vessel, or other structure not covered by a serosa. The covering is properly derived from outside, that is from the surrounding connective tissue and does not form an integral part of such an organ or a structure.
, more prevenient, most prevenient
1. Referring to something which comes or occurs in advance of another thing: Prevenient preparations for the family's camping trip to Canada had to be made, and therefore Mr. Smart had to buy a tent and sleeping bags for the whole family!
2. Concerning something that produces a sense of anticipation; anticipatory: Prevenient excitement at the thought of the first day of vacation was certainly on Betty's mind when she was walking home from her last day of school.
, prevents; prevented; preventing
1. To stop or to avert something from happening: The town decided to improve the road conditions with an extra bicycle lane in order to prevent
2, To keep a person or something from being active in a certain way: The extreme weather conditions with storms and heavy rain prevented
the airplane to take off on time.
Tom prevented his sister entering the bedroom by standing in her way, so she had to push him away!
preventable, preventible (adjective)
, more preventable, most preventable
Concerning something that can be avoided or staved off: Many illnesses are preventable
when people are vaccinated.
Many car accidents are preventable by not drinking before driving a vehicle.
, more preventative, most preventative
Relating to something that hinders or stops that which is bad from happening: Although preventative
often refers to medicine, it can also used to talk about other things that someone tries to keep from existing.
Preventative or precautionary measures should be taken in classrooms to keep the students safe during the Coronavirus pandemic.
prevention (s) (noun)
, preventions (pl)
An action taken to stop someone from doing something or to preclude something from taking place: Teaching children about health and nutrition is one way of obesity prevention
Many people in Germany think that lowering speed limits on the freeways would be a precaution to forestall the number of tragic accidents that happen.
preventive (s) (noun)
, preventives (pl)
A treatment or medication intended to stop an illness from occurring; a remedy; prophylactic: The preventive Wendy had to take consisted of sleeping pills to help her get over her insomnia.
, more preventive, most preventive
Concerning something that acts in a precautionary manner: Sharon was careful to take preventive measures during the Coronavirus pandemic by getting vaccinated, washing her hands after traveling by bus, and by social distancing.
preventively (adverb) (not comparable)
Relating to how something is done to hinder or to prevent: The fence was preventively put up to close off the area of the accident in order to obstruct people from disturbing the work of the police.
preventiveness (s) (noun) (no pl)
The state or quality of being protective; protectiveness: The preventiveness that little Mary's mother showed was vexing and irritating her so much that she rebelled by screaming, "No, no, no!".
provenance (s) (noun)
, provenances (pl)
1. The place of origin of something: Stella thought it was good that the local grocery store in town presented the provenances of their fruit and vegetables.
2. The source and ownership history of a work of art or literature, or of an archeological find: A spear on display in the museum had a sign saying it was of Viking provenance.
3. Literally, "to come forth":