propaedeutic

propaedeutic

[proh-pi-doo-tik, -dyoo-]
adjective Also, propaedeutical.
1.
pertaining to or of the nature of preliminary instruction.
2.
introductory to some art or science.
noun
3.
a propaedeutic subject or study.
4.
propaedeutics, (used with a singular verb) the preliminary body of knowledge and rules necessary for the study of some art or science.

Origin:
1830–40; pro-2 + Greek paideutikós pertaining to teaching, equivalent to paideú(ein) to teach (derivative of paîs child; cf. pedo-1) + -tikos -tic

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propaedeutic (ˌprəʊpɪˈdjuːtɪk)
 
n
1.  (often plural) preparatory instruction basic to further study of an art or science
 
adj
2.  of, relating to, or providing such instruction
 
[C19: from Greek propaideuein to teach in advance, from pro-² + paideuein to rear]

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