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[per-soo-uh nt]
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  1. proceeding after; following (usually followed by to): Pursuant to his studies he took a job in an office.
  2. pursuing.
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adverb Also pur·su·ant·ly.
  1. according (usually followed by to): to do something pursuant to an agreement.
  2. in a manner conformable (usually followed by to): to act pursuant to the dictates of one's conscience.
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Origin of pursuant

1425–75; late Middle English, variant of pursevant pursuivant
Related formsnon·pur·su·ant, adjectivenon·pur·su·ant·ly, adverbun·pur·su·ant, adjective
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  1. (usually postpositive often foll by to) mainly law in agreement or conformity
  2. archaic pursuing
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Derived Formspursuantly, adverb

Word Origin

C17: related to Middle English poursuivant following after, from Old French; see pursue
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Word Origin and History for pursuant


late 14c., from Old French poursuiant, porsivant, present participle of porsuir, porsivre "chase, pursue" (see pursue). Meaning "carrying out; following, according" is from 1690s.

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