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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).]


(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]


(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]


- 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.
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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Clearly, the Athenaeum retained throughout its first phase a propaedeutical character, fulfilling the felt need of its founders to perform a bridging function of transitioning students into university, even though it sometimes provided some competition for universities toward the end of the seventeenth century.
4.4 Marshall's Pure-Exchange Models: Limitations and Extensions While Marshall's model of the Edgeworth Box economy is obviously propaedeutical to his 'temporary equilibrium' model, the latter is in turn propaedeutical to his normal equilibrium models, which absorb by far the largest part of Marshall's attention in Book V of the Principles and can rightly be regarded as the crowning of the Marshallian theory of value.
Coleridge's science of Method, much like Johann Gottlieb Fichte's Theory of Scientific Knowledge, is a science of science, a propaedeutical discipline which is to supply in Coleridge's words "A Principle of Unity with Progression" that would provide the foundation, unity, and first principle of a truly comprehensive philosophical system, capable of continuous development (14) (The Friend 476).