Prodigious Prefixes: PARA – 38 Words

parable

a short moral story

parabola

a curve formed by an object thrown in the air and falling

parabolic

resembling or expressed by parables

parachute

cloth canopy that fills with air to slow a fall

paradigm

a standard or typical example

paradigmatic

of or relating to a typical example

paradox

a statement that contradicts itself

paradoxical

seemingly contradictory but nonetheless possibly true

paragon

a perfect embodiment of a concept

paragraph

one of several distinct subdivisions of a text

paralegal

a person with specialized training who assists lawyers

parallax

apparent displacement of an object as seen from two points

parallel

being everywhere equidistant and not intersecting

parallelism

similarity by virtue of corresponding

parallelogram

a quadrilateral whose opposite sides are parallel and equal

paralysis

loss of the ability to move a body part

paralytic

relating to or of the nature of paralysis

paralyze

cause to be immobile

paralyzed

affected with paralysis

paramecium

a freshwater ciliate protozoan

paramedic

a person trained to give emergency medical treatment

parameter

a constant in the equation of a curve that can be varied

parametric

of or relating to or in terms of a parameter

paranoia

a mental disorder characterized by delusions of persecution

paranoid

suffering from delusions of persecution or grandeur

paranormal

not in accordance with or able to be explained by science

parapet

a low wall along the edge of a roof or balcony

paraphernalia

equipment consisting of miscellaneous articles

paraphrase

express the same message in different words

paraplegic

suffering total immobilization of the lower half of the body

paraprofessional

a trained worker who is not a member of a profession but who assists a professional

parasite

an animal or plant that lives in or on a host

parasitic

relating to an animal or plant that lives in or on a host

parasitism

when one organism benefits from another by causing damage

parasol

a handheld collapsible source of shade

paratrooper

a soldier in the paratroops

parhelion

a bright spot on the parhelic circle

parody

a composition that imitates or misrepresents a style
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