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Middle English , early 15th century, in sense of “district for government purposes”, from precinct, precincte Medieval Latin , alternative form of precinctum praecinctum ( “ enclosure, boundary line ” ), neuter singular of , perfect passive participle of praecinctus Latin praecingō ( “ surround, gird ” ), from prae ( “ before ” ) + cingō ( “ surround, encircle ” ), from which also . cinch
Italian precingere ( “ to encircle ” ).
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precinct ( plural ) precincts
An ( chiefly in the plural ) enclosed space having defined limits, normally marked by walls.
1726 October 28, [ Jonathan Swift], “The Author by an Extraordinary Stratagem Prevents an Invasion. [ … ] ”, in Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World., volume I, London: [ … ] [ … ] Benj, [amin ] Motte [ … ] , , part I (A Voyage to Lilliput), →OCLC page : 91 For, by the fundamental Laws of the Realm, it is Capital in any Perſon, of what Quality ſoever, to make water within the Precincts of the Palace.
The general ( chiefly in the plural ) area surrounding a place, environs.
A ( UK ) pedestrianized and uncovered shopping area.
A ( US , law enforcement ) subdivision of a city under the jurisdiction of a specific group of police; the police station situated in that district.
A ( US ) subdivision of a city or other locality for the purposes of voting and representation in local government. In cities, precincts may be grouped into wards.
A ( archaic ) district over which someone or some body of people has control in general; province, sphere of control.
c. , [ 1587–1588 Christopher Marlowe], , 2nd edition, part 1, London: Tamburlaine the Great. [ … ] The First Part [ … ] [ … ] [R. Robinson for ] Richard Iones, [ … ] , published 1592, ; reprinted as →OCLC Tamburlaine the Great (A Scolar Press Facsimile), Menston, Yorkshire, London: Scolar Press, 1973, , →ISBN (please specify the page): But ſince I loue to liue at libertie, As eaſily may you get the Souldans crowne, As any prizes out of my precinct. A ( archaic ) surrounding boundary or limit.
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