Part of speech: adjective
Origin: Latin, mid-17th century
Relating to or expressing a wish or request.
Examples of Precatory in a sentence
"Her letter had a precatory tone as she asked for money for the foundation."
"A marriage proposal is one of most commonly precatory experiences in life."
Popularity Over Time
This word comes from the late Latin “precatorius.” It stems from “precat-,” meaning “prayed,” from the verb “precari.”
Did you Know?
The word “precatory” often pops up in legal documentation to express a nonbinding request — that is, a wish that does not legally require someone to carry through the request.