I got this in an e-mail.Said to be from Word of the Day, no more details
II tried confirming it by search, couldn't find anything worth posting.

"Predial" is used today, as back then, for land matters; for example,
there's "predial tax" (real estate tax) or "predial larceny" (stealing crops
from the fields). The state of Louisiana employs "predial" in 235 sections
of its Civil Code (and is distinguished from other states by its use of the
word). Sir Henry should have taken more care with his predial concerns, for
when he died four years later his extensive lands were barred from his heirs
in order to pay off his creditors. This predicament serves to illustrate the
Latin roots of "predial." "Praed-" means "bondsman," that is, one who is
legally liable for the debt of another. "Praed-," in turn, came from the
root "vad-," meaning "security" or "guarantee" (prefixed by "prae-," which
means "before").