- pertaining to or of the nature of preliminary instruction.
- introductory to some art or science.
- a propaedeutic subject or study.
- propaedeutics, (used with a singular verb) the preliminary body of knowledge and rules necessary for the study of some art or science.
Origin of propaedeutic
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- (often plural) preparatory instruction basic to further study of an art or science
- of, relating to, or providing such instruction
C19: from Greek propaideuein to teach in advance, from pro- ² + paideuein to rear
Word Origin and History for propaedeutic
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