precatory

[prek-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]
adjective
of, pertaining to, characterized by, or expressing entreaty or supplication: precatory overtures.
Also, precative [prek-uh-tiv] .


Origin:
1630–40; < Late Latin precātōrius, equivalent to Latin precā() to pray, entreat + -tōrius -tory1

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precatory (ˈprɛkətərɪ, -trɪ)
 
adj
rare Also: precative of, involving, or expressing entreaty; supplicatory
 
[C17: from Late Latin precātōrius relating to petitions, from Latin precārī to beg, pray]

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Example sentences
The provision is, as the phrase goes, merely precatory.
The compliance requirement is not precatory in administrative adjudication, but
  is mandatory.
The resolution's first substantive provision uses six verbs, all of which are
  conciliatory or precatory.
If unchanged, this language would be construed as precatory.
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