follow Dictionary.com

Is Tuesday named for a one-handed god?

propaedeutic

[proh-pi-doo-tik, -dyoo-] /ˌproʊ pɪˈdu tɪk, -ˈdyu-/
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
1830-1840
1830-40; pro-2 + Greek paideutikós pertaining to teaching, equivalent to paideú(ein) to teach (derivative of paîs child; cf. pedo-1) + -tikos -tic
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for propaedeutic

propaedeutic

/ˌprəʊpɪˈdjuːtɪk/
noun
1.
(often pl) preparatory instruction basic to further study of an art or science
adjective
2.
of, relating to, or providing such instruction
Word Origin
C19: from Greek propaideuein to teach in advance, from pro-² + paideuein to rear
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for propaedeutic
n.

1798, from Greek propaideuein "to teach beforehand," from pro- (see pro-) + paideuein "to teach," which is related to the root of pedagogue. From 1849 as an adjective.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for propaedeutic

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for propaedeutic

19
0
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with propaedeutic