precatory

[prek-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]
Also prec·a·tive [prek-uh-tiv] /ˈprɛk ə tɪv/.

Origin of precatory

1630–40; < Late Latin precātōrius, equivalent to Latin precā(rī) to pray, entreat + -tōrius -tory1
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precatory

adjective
  1. rare of, involving, or expressing entreaty; supplicatoryAlso: precative (ˈprɛkətɪv)

Word Origin for precatory

C17: from Late Latin precātōrius relating to petitions, from Latin precārī to beg, pray
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Word Origin and History for precatory
adj.

1630s, from Late Latin precatorius "pertaining to petitioning," from precatorem "one who prays," agent noun from precari "to pray" (see pray).

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