para-

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Ancient Greek παρά ‎(pará, beside; next to, near, from; against, contrary to).

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para-

  1. above, beyond
  2. beside, near, alongside
  3. abnormal, incorrect
  4. resembling
  5. (organic chemistry) In isomeric benzene derivatives, having the two substituents in opposite positions (compare ortho- and meta-.)
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Etymology 2[edit]

From French para-, from Italian para-, from para, imperative of parare ‎(to defend, shield, shroud), from Latin parō ‎(I prepare).

Prefix[edit]

para-

  1. (obsolete, not productive) to guard against, to avert, to shield from; to provide protection against, defence from
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Etymology 3[edit]

From parachute

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para-

  1. Forming words relating to activities carried out with a parachute.
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French[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Ancient Greek παρά ‎(pará, beside)

Prefix[edit]

para-

  1. para- (all senses)

Etymology 2[edit]

Via Italian para-, imperative of parare, from Latin parō ‎(to shield).

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para-

  1. para-
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Ido[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from English para-, French para-, Italian para-, Spanish parar.

Prefix[edit]

para-

  1. prefix denoting protection against, something to ward off

    para- + ‎pluvo ‎(rain) → ‎parapluvo ‎(umbrella)
    para- + ‎moskito ‎(mosquito) → ‎paramoskito ‎(mosquito net)

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Irish[edit]

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para-

  1. para-

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Italian[edit]

Prefix[edit]

para-

  1. para- (all senses)

Serbo-Croatian[edit]

Prefix[edit]

para- ‎(Cyrillic spelling пара-)

  1. Para-.
    nauka ‎(science) → paranauka ‎(parascience)
    normalno ‎(normally) → paranormalno ‎(paranormal)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Oxford English Dictionary, second edition, 1989