Meaning of propaedeutic

pro•pae•deu•tic

Pronunciation: (prō"pi-d'tik, -dy'-), [key]
— adj.
  1. pertaining to or of the nature of preliminary instruction.
  2. introductory to some art or science.
—n.
  1. a propaedeutic subject or study.
  2. the preliminary body of knowledge and rules necessary for the study of some art or science.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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