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See also: propædeutic


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From the Ancient Greek προπαιδεύω (propaideúō, I give preparatory instruction), from πρό (pró, before) + παιδεύω (paideúō, I teach).


  • IPA(key): /ˌpɹoʊpiːˈdjuːtɪk/, /ˌpɹɑpəˈduːtik/


propaedeutic (comparative more propaedeutic, superlative most propaedeutic)

  1. (formal, of education) Preparatory or introductory.
    • 1868, Mark Pattison, Suggestions on Academical Organisation with Especial Reference to Oxford, section VI: “Of the Studies Preliminary to the Degree”, § 4: ‘Liberal Studies (Arts) and Special Studies (Science)’, pages 261–262:
      On the other hand, the German university exhibits a system in which the university course is almost wholly special; the liberal and propædeutic studies are relegated to the grammar-school.
    • 2014, Philip Altbach, editor, International Higher Education, volume 2, Routledge, →ISBN, page 624:
      Students were not allowed to repeat the first propedeutic year more than once or to spend more than six years at universities; []



propaedeutic (plural propaedeutics)

  1. An introductory course of instruction.
    • 2009, J. J. McMurtry; Darryl Reed, editors, Co-operatives in a Global Economy, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, →ISBN, page 56:
      This chapter aims to be a propedeutic because there are many specific lines of argument that could, and should, be developed from the observation of the unique values-based and globalized-movement nature of co-operatives []