Definition of precatory in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈprekəˌtôrē/


1Relating to or expressing a wish or request.
Example sentences
  • Finally, what is the incentive of accountants to follow the precatory guidance of the organisation?
1.1 Law (In a will) expressing a wish or intention of the testator: a trust can be left in precatory words
More example sentences
  • It is not clear whether this provision was mandatory or precatory in nature.


Mid 17th century: from late Latin precatorius, from precat- 'prayed', from the verb precari.

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Syllabification: prec·a·to·ry

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