from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Providing introductory instruction.
- n. Preparatory instruction.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Providing preparatory or introductory teaching.
- n. Such a course of instruction.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of, pertaining to, or conveying, preliminary instruction; introductory to any art or science; instructing beforehand.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to propædeutics, or the introduction to any art or science; relating to preliminary instruction: instructing beforehand.
- n. A branch of knowledge introductory to a particular art or science; a subject to be mastered as a preliminary to some other subject.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a course that provides an introduction to an art or science (or to more advanced study generally)
- adj. preceding and preparing for something
From Greek propaideuein, to teach beforehand : pro-, before; see pro-2 + paideuein, to teach (from pais, paid-, child; see pedo-2).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek προπαιδεύω (propaideuō, "to give preparatory instruction"), from πρό (pro, "before") + παιδεύω (paideuō, "to teach"). (Wiktionary)