Definition of propaedeutic in English:

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propaedeutic

Pronunciation: /ˌprōpēˈd(y)o͞odik/
formal

adjective

(Of an area of study) serving as a preliminary instruction or as an introduction to further study.
Example sentences
  • His lectures and then his writings became highly significant propaedeutic resources, and many of his collections were taken up by the University botanical garden and then later by the Fitzwilliam Museum.
  • In this example, primarily for propaedeutic reasons, Fergie's performance is problematised.
  • However, this sort of overarching perspective only has the propaedeutic function of pointing our attention in a certain direction.

noun

An introduction to a subject or area of study.
Example sentences
  • Logic, sometimes called philosophia rationales, forms the introduction or propaedeutic to both.
  • This support of the fabrication of the transcendent in its different modes, all of which, according to Diotima, come under the same propaedeutic: love of beauty.
  • His reading thus provides us with a propaedeutic to the memorial potential of art after Auschwitz.

Derivatives

propaedeutical

adjective

Origin

Late 18th century: from pro-2 'before' + Greek paideutikos 'of or for teaching', suggested by Greek propaideuein 'teach beforehand'.

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