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propaedeutic

[ proh-pi-doo-tik, -dyoo- ]
/ ˌproʊ pɪˈdu tɪk, -ˈdyu- /
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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.
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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
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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
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