Definition of precatory in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈprɛkət(ə)ri/


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 request of the testator but not necessarily binding.
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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