One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Relating to land or the cultivation of land.
- ‘They are now calling Aranguez - long known as the food basket of the country - the praedial larceny capital of the country.’
- ‘Hit by a spate of praedial larceny, Aranguez farmers are now using deadly pit bulls and Rottweilers to guard their food crops at night.’
- ‘Julius is ‘predial’ - of the land; John is ‘proprietary’ - over the land.’
- 1.1historical (of a tithe) consisting of agricultural produce.
- 1.2historical Relating to or denoting a slave or tenant attached to farms or the land.‘predial service’
A predial slave.
Late Middle English: from medieval Latin praedialis, from Latin praedium ‘farm’.
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