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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
1. Expressing a request.
2. Nonbinding: only expressing a wish or giving a suggestion.
ETYMOLOGY:From Latin precari (to pray). Ultimately from the Indo-European root prek- (to ask) that is also the source of words such as pray, precarious, deprecate, and postulate.
USAGE:"Even worse, [the proposed amendment] is a deception because it amounts to nothing more than a precatory expression of pious hope."
Robert C. Byrd; A Hollow and Dangerous Promise; The Washington Post; Oct 31, 1993.
"'The laws are precatory as opposed to mandatory,' said Scott Sommer, 'They say the city "may", rather than "shall", enforce the housing code.'"
Deborah Sontag; A Weak Housing Agency Seems to Be a Step Behind; The New York Times; Oct 7, 1996.
Explore "precatory" in the Visual Thesaurus.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:Thoughts are the shadows of our feelings -- always darker, emptier, and simpler. -Friedrich Nietzsche, philosopher (1844-1900)
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