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1. One who is strict and precise in adherence to established rules, forms, or standards, especially with regard to religious observance or moral behavior.
2. A Puritan.

[From precise.]

pre·ci′sian·ism n.


(prɪˈsɪʒən) or


a punctilious observer of rules or forms, esp in the field of religion
preˈcisianism n


- An overly precise person, a strict observer of rules and procedures.
See also related terms for rules.
References in classic literature ?
The coldest precisian cannot go abroad without encountering inexplicable influences.
my countenance like a precisian, and begin to speak thus:--
20) Evidently the upsurge of this potent expression of Scottish national identity posed an insuperable problem for the combative precisians who led the Presbyterian churches at this time.
How does one explain the incongruities between the belligerent rhetoric of preachers, theologians, and other precisians, and the moderation of ordinary Calvinists on Grand Tour?
between Protestants and Catholics, and between Anglicans and the precisians, or Puritans, who peopled the ranks of England's varieties of Dissenters.
His later portraits settle into the smug formality of much Dutch portraiture, tedious partly because the sitters, usually people of no interest, were rich enough to purchase verisimilitudes of their squat, ostentatiously well-endowed, mercantile dullness from such precisians as the fashionable Nicolaes Pickenoy.
He paraphrases the key biblical text often quoted by precisians who in 1604 at the Hampton Court Conference encouraged King James and representatives of the Church of England to incorporate the explicit language of the continental doctrine of double predestination into Article XVII of the 1563 Church Articles.