Meaning of pseudo

pseu•do

Pronunciation: (s'dō), [key]
  1. not actually but having the appearance of; pretended; false or spurious; sham.
  2. almost, approaching, or trying to be.

pseudo-

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a combining form meaning “false,” “pretended,” “unreal,” used in the formation of compound words (pseudoclassic; pseudointellectual): in scientific use, denoting close or deceptive resemblance to the following element (pseudobulb; pseudocarp), and used sometimes in chemical names of isomers (pseudoephedrine).
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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