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 (prō′pĭ-do͞o′tĭk, -dyo͞o′-)
Providing introductory instruction.
Preparatory instruction.

[From Greek propaideuein, to teach beforehand : pro-, before; see pro-2 + paideuein, to teach (from pais, paid-, child; see pedo-2).]
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(Education) (often plural) preparatory instruction basic to further study of an art or science
(Education) of, relating to, or providing such instruction
[C19: from Greek propaideuein to teach in advance, from pro-2 + paideuein to rear]
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(ˌproʊ pɪˈdu tɪk, -ˈdyu-)

adj. Also, pro`pae•deu′ti•cal.
1. pertaining to or of the nature of preliminary instruction.
2. a propaedeutic subject or study.
[1830–40; pro-2 + Greek paideutikós pertaining to teaching =paideú(ein) to teach]
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- A subject or course of study that is an introduction to more advanced study or to an art or science.
See also related terms for introduction.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.propaedeutic - a course that provides an introduction to an art or science (or to more advanced study generally)
course, course of instruction, course of study, class - education imparted in a series of lessons or meetings; "he took a course in basket weaving"; "flirting is not unknown in college classes"
Adj.1.propaedeutic - preceding and preparing for something; "preparatory steps"
preceding - existing or coming before
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n (form)Propädeutik f
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