precatory

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

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

Nearby words

  1. precariously,
  2. precarity,
  3. precartilage,
  4. precast,
  5. precative,
  6. precaution,
  7. precautionary,
  8. precautionary principle,
  9. precautious,
  10. precava

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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Word Origin and History for precatory

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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