One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Arranged alphabetically.‘in abecedarian sequence’
- ‘The abecedarian constraint was my idea, and we got 12 comics.’
- ‘‘They're arranged in abecedarian order,’ he told me and I found it.’
- ‘But the poem is mostly static, because the sequencing of lines, despite the abecedarian scheme, feels inadvertently arbitrary.’
- ‘He still felt abecedarian structures would be appropriate, resulting in an album that's once again awash in simplicity.’
2Rudimentary; elementary.‘abecedarian technology’
- ‘He will pause in the development of his present narrative to elucidate this abecedarian technology.’
A person who is just learning; a novice.
- ‘We should be cautious with investigative reports by abecedarians.’
Early 17th century (as noun, in the sense ‘a person who is learning the alphabet or is engaged in elementary education’): from late Latin abecedarius ‘alphabetical’ (from the names of the letters a, b, c, d) + -an.
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