adjective Etymology: Late Latin precatorius, from Latin precari to pray — more at pray Date: 1636 expressing a wish

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  • precatory — prec·a·to·ry / pre kə ˌtōr ē/ adj: expressing a wish or desire but not creating a legal obligation or affirmative duty a precatory remark the precatory words ◇ When interpreting wills, courts will look to whether a direction is precatory or… …   Law dictionary

  • precatory — 1630s, from L.L. precatorius, from precatorem one who prays, agent noun from precari to pray (see PRAY (Cf. pray)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • precatory — [prek′ətivprek′ə tôr΄ē] adj. [LL precatorius < L precari, to PRAY] of, having the nature of, or expressing entreaty: also precative [prek′ətiv] …   English World dictionary

  • Precatory — Precative Prec a*tive, Precatory Prec a*to*ry, a. [L. precativus, precatorius, fr. precari to pray. See {Precarious}.] Suppliant; beseeching. Bp. Hopkins. [1913 Webster] {Precatory words} (Law), words of recommendation, request, entreaty, wish,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • precatory — vaistinis abras statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Pupinių šeimos vaistinis nuodingas augalas (Abrus precatorius), paplitęs atogrąžose, naudojamas papuošalams gaminti. atitikmenys: lot. Abrus precatorius angl. coral beadplant; crab s eye;… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • precatory — /prek euh tawr ee, tohr ee/, adj. of, pertaining to, characterized by, or expressing entreaty or supplication: precatory overtures. Also, precative /prek euh tiv/. [1630 40; < LL precatorius, equiv. to L preca(ri) to PRAY, entreat + torius TORY1] …   Universalium

  • precatory — adjective a) Expressing a wish. December 8. . . . A precatory letter from Gillies. I must do Molière for him, I suppose; but it is wonderful that knowing the situation I am in, the poor fellow presses so hard. b) Expressing a wish but not… …   Wiktionary

  • precatory — prec•a•to•ry [[t]ˈprɛk əˌtɔr i, ˌtoʊr i[/t]] also prec′a•tive adj. pertaining to or expressive of entreaty or supplication: precatory overtures[/ex] • Etymology: 1630–40; < LL precātōrius= L precā(rī) to pray, entreat + tōrius tory I …   From formal English to slang

  • precatory — adjective expressing entreaty or supplication precatory overtures • Syn: ↑precative • Similar to: ↑beseeching, ↑pleading, ↑imploring …   Useful english dictionary

  • precatory — prekÉ™tÉ”rɪ / trɪ adj. expressing a request, supplicatory, comprising an entreatment …   English contemporary dictionary

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