One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Designating a type of counselling in use among certain Christian groups, in which subjects are instructed to amend sinful behaviour and attitudes in accordance with biblical doctrine; (also, of a person) practising such counselling.
1970s. Either from ancient Greek νουθετικός or directly from ancient Greek νουθετεῖν to put in mind, admonish, warn, rebuke (frequently in New Testament; from νοῦς + -θετεῖν (in νομοθετεῖν to make laws from νομοθέτης)) + -ic; compare -thetic.
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