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Thursday, July 1

Precatory

[PREH-kə-tor-ee]

Part of speech: adjective

Origin: Latin, mid-17th century

1.

Relating to or expressing a wish or request.

Examples of Precatory in a sentence

"Her letter had a precatory tone as she asked for money for the foundation."

"A marriage proposal is one of most commonly precatory experiences in life."

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About Precatory

This word comes from the late Latin “precatorius.” It stems from “precat-,” meaning “prayed,” from the verb “precari.”

Did you Know?

The word “precatory” often pops up in legal documentation to express a nonbinding request — that is, a wish that does not legally require someone to carry through the request.

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