precatory

[ prek-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee ]
/ ˈprɛk əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i /

adjective

of, pertaining to, characterized by, or expressing entreaty or supplication: precatory overtures.

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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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British Dictionary definitions for precatory

precatory
/ (ˈprɛkətərɪ, -trɪ) /

adjective

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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