[pri-sizh-uh n]


a person who adheres punctiliously to the observance of rules or forms, especially in matters of religion.
one of the English Puritans of the 16th and 17th centuries.

Origin of precisian

First recorded in 1565–75; precise + -ian
Related formspre·ci·sian·ism, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for precisian

Historical Examples of precisian

  • But do not be too much of a precisian, or you will paralyze me.

  • Puritan in religion, she was precisian in morals; but in both she was sincere.


    Benjamin Disraeli

  • The precisian, they say, disapproved of Danton's lax and heedless courses.

  • The form-master of the Upper Remove happened to be a precisian in English.

    The Hill

    Horace Annesley Vachell

  • He had precisian leanings, and so had the clerk o' the council.

    A Gentleman Player

    Robert Neilson Stephens

British Dictionary definitions for precisian



a punctilious observer of rules or forms, esp in the field of religion
Derived Formsprecisianism, noun
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Word Origin and History for precisian

"one devoted to precision," 1570s, from precise + -ian on model of Christian, etc.

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