- to lecture or discourse publicly.
Origin of prelect
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Examples from the Web for prelection
His reception of my recitation, or prelection, was rather singular.The Lady of the Lake
Sir Walter Scott
Was it reasonable to have assembled six, ten, or a dozen persons for the purpose of hearing a prelection?The Posthumous Works of Thomas De Quincey, Vol. II (2 vols)
Thomas De Quincey
The grades of Grammar have respectively their own forms of prelection, given in detail by the final Ratio.
According as it is a grammar or an author that is being explained, a very different method of prelection is to be followed.
- (intr) rare to lecture or discourse in public
C17: from Late Latin praelegere to instruct by reading, lecture, from prae in front of, in public + legere to read, choose
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