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para-1, before a vowel or h usu. par-, repr. comb. form of Gr. pará prep. by the side of, alongside, past, beyond. Also in numerous techn. comps. in which it had cogn. advb. and adj. uses, as ‘to one side’, ‘amiss’, ‘irregular(ly)’, ‘wrong(ly)’.

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para-2 repr. F. para- — It. para-, imper. of parare ward off:— L. parāre PREPARE.

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para- The Greek para, meaning ‘beside’ or ‘beyond’, used as a prefix meaning ‘beside’ or ‘beyond’.

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para- From the Greek para meaning ‘beside’ or ‘beyond’, a prefix meaning ‘beside’ or ‘beyond’.

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para- combining form denoting
1. beside or near.

2. resembling.

3. abnormal.