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Providing introductory instruction.
[From Greek propaideuein, to teach beforehand : pro-, before; see pro-2 + paideuein, to teach (from pais, paid-, child; see pedo-2).]
(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]
pro•pae•deu•tic(ˌproʊ pɪˈdu tɪk, -ˈdyu-)
adj. Also, pro`pae•deu′ti•cal.
1. pertaining to or of the nature of preliminary instruction.n.
2. a propaedeutic subject or study.
[1830–40; pro-2 + Greek paideutikós pertaining to teaching =paideú(ein) to teach]
propaedeutic- 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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|Noun||1.||propaedeutic - a course that provides an introduction to an art or science (or to more advanced study generally)|
|Adj.||1.||propaedeutic - preceding and preparing for something; "preparatory steps"|
preceding - existing or coming before