Dictionary.com

propaedeutic

[ proh-pi-doo-tik, -dyoo- ]
/ ˌproʊ pɪˈdu tɪk, -ˈdyu- /
Save This Word!

adjective Also pro·pae·deu·ti·cal.
pertaining to or of the nature of preliminary instruction.
introductory to some art or science.
noun
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.
QUIZ
SPRINT TO THE FINISH WITH THIS OLYMPICS QUIZ!
Compete in our Olympics quiz to see if you can take home the gold medal in Olympics knowledge.
Question 1 of 10
Where was the Olympics first held?
Meet Grammar CoachWrite or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing
Meet Grammar CoachImprove Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help

Origin of propaedeutic

1830–40; pro-2 + Greek paideutikós pertaining to teaching, equivalent to paideú(ein) to teach (derivative of paîs child; cf. pedo-1) + -tikos-tic
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

How to use propaedeutic in a sentence

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for propaedeutic

propaedeutic
/ (ˌprəʊpɪˈdjuːtɪk) /

noun
(often plural) preparatory instruction basic to further study of an art or science
adjective Also: propaedeutical
of, relating to, or providing such instruction

Word Origin for propaedeutic

C19: from Greek propaideuein to teach in advance, from pro- ² + paideuein to rear
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK