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pursuant

[per-soo-uh nt] /pərˈsu ənt/
adjective
1.
proceeding after; following (usually followed by to):
Pursuant to his studies he took a job in an office.
2.
adverb, Also, pursuantly
3.
according (usually followed by to):
to do something pursuant to an agreement.
4.
in a manner conformable (usually followed by to):
to act pursuant to the dictates of one's conscience.
Origin
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English, variant of pursevant pursuivant
Related forms
nonpursuant, adjective
nonpursuantly, adverb
unpursuant, adjective
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Examples for pursuant to
  • The good patriarch, pursuant to the decrees of the synod, restored holy images throughout the extent of his jurisdiction.
  • Recommendations by counsel pursuant to plea agreement.
  • The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
British Dictionary definitions for pursuant to

pursuant

/pəˈsjuːənt/
adjective
1.
(mainly law) (usually postpositive) often foll by to. in agreement or conformity
2.
(archaic) pursuing
Derived Forms
pursuantly, adverb
Word Origin
C17: related to Middle English poursuivant following after, from Old French; see pursue
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Word Origin and History for pursuant to

pursuant

adj.

late 14c., from Old French poursuiant, porsivant, present participle of porsuir, porsivre "chase, pursue" (see pursue). Meaning "carrying out; following, according" is from 1690s.

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