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[pri-sizh-uh n] /prɪˈsɪʒ ən/
a person who adheres punctiliously to the observance of rules or forms, especially in matters of religion.
one of the English Puritans of the 16th and 17th centuries.
Origin of precisian
First recorded in 1565-75; precise + -ian
Related forms
precisianism, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for precisian
Historical Examples
  • But do not be too much of a precisian, or you will paralyze me.

    Cratylus Plato
  • Puritan in religion, she was precisian in morals; but in both she was sincere.

    Tancred Benjamin Disraeli
  • The precisian, they say, disapproved of Danton's lax and heedless courses.

  • The form-master of the Upper Remove happened to be a precisian in English.

    The Hill Horace Annesley Vachell
  • He had precisian leanings, and so had the clerk o' the council.

    A Gentleman Player Robert Neilson Stephens
  • A precisian, however, could take his tobacco with a difference.

  • "A sister of mine will be there," explained the one, knowing the Duke to be a precisian.

    Zuleika Dobson Max Beerbohm
  • Let the precisian explain it as he may, that is our way of accounting for an experience both fruitful and astounding.

    The Morris Book Cecil J. Sharp
  • His public career shows more of the doctrinaire and precisian than can be found in any other one of these.

    The Brothers' War John Calvin Reed
  • I believe I am something of a precisian myself, but upon such a consideration, and in Paris, I should not hesitate an instant.

British Dictionary definitions for precisian


a punctilious observer of rules or forms, esp in the field of religion
Derived Forms
precisianism, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for precisian

"one devoted to precision," 1570s, from precise + -ian on model of Christian, etc.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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