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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."

About Precatory

This word comes from the late Latin “precatorius.” It stems from “precat-,” meaning “prayed,” from the verb “precari.”

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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.

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