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PRECISIAN: Dictionary Entry and Meaning

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Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Pre*ci"sian\, n.
1. One who limits, or restrains. [Obs.]

2. An overprecise person; one rigidly or ceremoniously exact
   in the observance of rules; a formalist; -- formerly
   applied to the English Puritans.

         The most dissolute cavaliers stood aghast at the
         dissoluteness of the emancipated precisian.
                                               --Macaulay.

 
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