Etymology
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propaedeutic (n.)

"an introduction to an art or science," 1798, from Greek propaideuein "to teach beforehand," from pro "before" (see pro-) + paideuein "to teach," from pais (genitive paidos) "child" (see pedo-). By 1849 as an adjective, "pertaining to the introduction to any art or science."

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Definitions of propaedeutic
1
propaedeutic (n.)
a course that provides an introduction to an art or science (or to more advanced study generally);
Synonyms: propaedeutics
2
propaedeutic (adj.)
preceding and preparing for something;
From wordnet.princeton.edu