propaedeutic
noun Etymology: Greek propaideuein to teach beforehand, from pro- before + paideuein to teach, from paid-, pais child — more at pro-, few Date: 1798 preparatory study or instruction • propaedeutic adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Propaedeutic — Pro p[ae]*deu tic, Propaedeutical Pro p[ae]*deu tic*al, a. [Gr. ? to teach beforehand; ? before + ? to bring up a child, to educate, teach, fr. ?, ?, a child.] Of, pertaining to, or conveying, preliminary instruction; introductory to any art or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • propaedeutic — index didactic, informative Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • propaedeutic — 1798 (n.); 1849 (adj.), from Gk. propaideuein “to teach beforehand,” from pro (see PRO (Cf. pro )) + paideuein “to teach” (related to the root of PEDAGOGUE (Cf. pedagogue)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • propaedeutic — [prō΄pi do͞ot′ik, prō΄pidyo͞ot′ik] adj. [< Gr propaideuein, to teach beforehand < pro , before + paideuein, to instruct < pais (gen. paidos), child: see PEDO 1] of, or having the nature of, elementary or introductory instruction: also… …   English World dictionary

  • propaedeutic — /proh pi dooh tik, dyooh /, adj. Also, propaedeutical. 1. pertaining to or of the nature of preliminary instruction. 2. introductory to some art or science. n. 3. a propaedeutic subject or study. 4. propaedeutics, (used with a sing. v.) the… …   Universalium

  • propaedeutic — adj. of or pertaining to introductory instruction; introductory n. introductory course to a science or art, course that provides art or science; preliminary lecture or lesson that precedes a more advanced instruction; propaedeutic subject …   English contemporary dictionary

  • propaedeutic — pro•pae•deu•tic [[t]ˌproʊ pɪˈdu tɪk, ˈdyu [/t]] adj. Also, pro pae•deu′ti•cal. 1) pertaining to or of the nature of preliminary instruction 2) a propaedeutic subject or study • Etymology: 1830–40; pro II+ Gk paideutikós pertaining to teaching… …   From formal English to slang

  • propaedeutic — /proʊpiˈdjutɪk/ (say prohpee dyoohtik) adjective Also, propaedeutical. 1. relating to or of the nature of preliminary instruction. 2. introductory to some art or science. –noun 3. a propaedeutic subject or study. 4. (plural) the preliminary body… …   Australian English dictionary

  • propaedeutic — adj. & n. adj. serving as an introduction to higher study; introductory. n. (esp. in pl.) preliminary learning; a propaedeutic subject, study, etc. Derivatives: propaedeutical adj. Etymology: PRO (2) + Gk paideutikos of teaching, after Gk… …   Useful english dictionary

  • propaedeutic — 1. adjective /ˌproʊpiːˈdjuːtɪk/ providing preparatory or introductory teaching 2. noun /ˌproʊpiːˈdjuːtɪk/ such a course of instruction …   Wiktionary

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