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precatory

[prek-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈprɛk əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, characterized by, or expressing entreaty or supplication:
precatory overtures.
Also, precative
[prek-uh-tiv] /ˈprɛk ə tɪv/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1630-1640
1630-40; < Late Latin precātōrius, equivalent to Latin precā() to pray, entreat + -tōrius -tory1
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Examples from the web for precatory
  • 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.
  • The explanation is vague and moreover it is precatory.
British Dictionary definitions for precatory

precatory

/ˈprɛkətərɪ; -trɪ/
adjective
1.
(rare) of, involving, or expressing entreaty; supplicatory Also precative (ˈprɛkətɪv)
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin precātōrius relating to petitions, from Latin precārī to beg, pray
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Word Origin and History for precatory
adj.

1630s, from Late Latin precatorius "pertaining to petitioning," from precatorem "one who prays," agent noun from precari "to pray" (see pray).

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