For this reason, recommendatory or precatory words used in a bequest are frequently treated as an express direction.
The primitive forms of absolution, when confession was made to a priest, were precatory rather than declaratory.
Still this sense has pleased the editors, and they have made "of goodnesse" a precatory and interjectional expression.
The original form of absolution was “precatory rather than declaratory” (Plummer).
Many of the examples quoted by Roman controversialists are not precatory at all, but simply declarative.