from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Proceeding from and conformable to; in accordance with.
  • adv. Accordingly; consequently.

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  • adj. in conformance to, or in agreement with
  • adv. accordingly, consequently

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Acting in consequence or in prosecution (of anything); hence, agreeable; conformable; following; according; -- with to or of.
  • adv. Agreeably; conformably.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Done in consequence of or in the prosecution of something.
  • n. A pursuivant.
  • According; agreeably: with to.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. (followed by `to') in conformance to or agreement with


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Probably from Middle English pursuant, aspirant, from Anglo-Norman, present participle of pursure, to pursue; see pursue.

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Anglo-Norman pursuant, present participle of pursuer


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  • I have only seen this word used on legal documents - mine!

    It makes me feel uncomfortable - to say the least - but then virtually ALL legal jargon makes me feel the same.

    June 23, 2009

  • I find myself using this word a lot lately - is it a legal term?

    August 3, 2007