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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
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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
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