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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 ?
my countenance like a precisian, and begin to speak thus:--
The coldest precisian cannot go abroad without encountering inexplicable influences.
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?
His treatment of a late Elizabethan church that was fundamentally Reformed Protestant in its theology, with a spectrum stretching from contented conformists to reform-minded precisians, largely echoes the research of Patrick Collinson and Peter Lake; Hoyle draws on yet significantly qualifies some of the findings of Nicholas Tyacke's influential work on early Stuart anti-Calvinism; and he is indebted to Anthony Milton's scholarship on changing attitudes towards Catholicism among some influential English Protestant theologians in the 1620s-30s.
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.