Meaning of precatory in English:


Pronunciation /ˈprɛkət(ə)ri/


  • 1 formal Relating to or expressing a wish or request.

    • ‘Finally, what is the incentive of accountants to follow the precatory guidance of the organisation?’
    1. 1.1Law (in a will) expressing a wish or request of the testator but not necessarily binding.
      ‘a trust can be left in precatory words’
      • ‘It is not clear whether this provision was mandatory or precatory in nature.’


Mid 17th century from late Latin precatorius, from precat- ‘prayed’, from the verb precari.