manuduction

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Late Latin manuductio, from (ablative singular form of) Latin manus (hand) + ductiō (leading).

Noun[edit]

manuduction (countable and uncountable, plural manuductions)

  1. (obsolete) The act of guiding or a means of guidance; direction, guidance, instruction. [16th-19th c.]
    • 1646, Thomas Browne, Pseudodoxia Epidemica, London: Edw. Dod & Nath. Ekins, 1650, “To the Reader,”[1]
      We hope it will not be unconsidered, that we finde no open tract, or constant manuduction in this Labyrinth; but are oft-times fain to wander in the America and untravelled parts of Truth.
    • 1665, Joseph Glanvill, Scepsis Scientifica, edited by John Owen, London: Kegan, Paul, Trench & Co., 1885, Chapter 21, p. 154,[2]
      That the Aristotelian Physiology cannot boast it self the proper Author of any one Invention; is prægnant evidence of its infecundous deficiency: And ’twould puzzle the Schools to point at any consi­derable discovery, made by the direct, sole manuduction of Peripatetick Princi­ples.