- of, pertaining to, characterized by, or expressing entreaty or supplication: precatory overtures.
Also prec·a·tive [prek-uh-tiv] /ˈprɛk ə tɪv/.
Origin of precatory
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Examples from the Web for precatory
The primitive forms of absolution, when confession was made to a priest, were precatory rather than declaratory.The Expositor's Bible:
The original form of absolution was “precatory rather than declaratory” (Plummer).Studies in the Epistle of James
A. T. Robertson
For this reason, recommendatory or precatory words used in a bequest are frequently treated as an express direction.
Still this sense has pleased the editors, and they have made "of goodnesse" a precatory and interjectional expression.
Many of the examples quoted by Roman controversialists are not precatory at all, but simply declarative.The Catacombs of Rome
William Henry Withrow
- rare of, involving, or expressing entreaty; supplicatoryAlso: precative (ˈprɛkətɪv)
C17: from Late Latin precātōrius relating to petitions, from Latin precārī to beg, pray
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Word Origin and History for precatory
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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