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propaedeutic

[ proh-pi-doo-tik, -dyoo- ]

adjective

  1. pertaining to or of the nature of preliminary instruction.
  2. introductory to some art or science.


noun

  1. a propaedeutic subject or study.
  2. propaedeutics, (used with a singular verb) the preliminary body of knowledge and rules necessary for the study of some art or science.

propaedeutic

/ ˌprəʊpɪˈdjuːtɪk /

noun

  1. often plural preparatory instruction basic to further study of an art or science


adjective

  1. of, relating to, or providing such instruction

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Word History and Origins

Origin of propaedeutic1

1830–40; pro- 2 + Greek paideutikós pertaining to teaching, equivalent to paideú ( ein ) to teach (derivative of paîs child; pedo- 1 ) + -tikos -tic

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Word History and Origins

Origin of propaedeutic1

C19: from Greek propaideuein to teach in advance, from pro- ² + paideuein to rear

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Example Sentences

Ancient logic would be the propaedeutic or gate of approach to logical science,—nothing more.

With him, this propaedeutic discipline, this tool of truth, perfectly performs its task of construction.

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