Definition of paraenetic in US English:

paraenetic

(also parenetic)

adjective

  • Advisory or hortatory. Now rare.

Origin

Mid 17th century (in an earlier sense). From post-classical Latin paraeneticus hortatory from Hellenistic Greek παραινετικός from παραινέτης adviser, encourager + -ικός. Compare French parénétique, adjective. With use as noun perhaps compare classical Latin paraeneticē branch of philosophy concerned with the inculcation of moral principles.

Pronunciation

paraenetic

/ˌpariːˈnɛtɪk/