pro•pae•deu•ticPronunciation: (prō"pi-dOO'tik, -dyOO'-), [key]
pertaining to or of the nature of preliminary instruction.
introductory to some art or science.
a propaedeutic subject or study.
2. propaedeutics, (used with a sing. v.)
the preliminary body of knowledge and rules necessary for the study of some art or science.
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