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n. pl. in·vi·ta·to·ries
A psalm or other piece sung as an invitation to prayer in church services, especially at the opening of matins in the Roman office.
Constituting or containing an invitation.
[Middle English invitatorie, from Medieval Latin invītātōrium, from Late Latin invītātōrius, inviting, from Latin invītātus, past participle of invītāre, to invite.]
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serving as or conveying an invitation
n, pl -tories
(Ecclesiastical Terms) any of various invitations to prayer, such as Psalm 95 in a religious service
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in•vi•ta•tor•y(ɪnˈvaɪ təˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i)
serving to invite; conveying an invitation.
[1300–50; Middle English < Late Latin]
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