from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Relating to or expressing entreaty or supplication.
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- adj. Expressing a wish.
- adj. Expressing a wish but not creating any legal obligation or duty.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Relating to prayer; being in the form of a prayer or supplication.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. expressing entreaty or supplication
Siegfried called that wording "precatory" -- a suggestion -- and not mandatory, leaving open the possibility that the money could go out after the specified date.
Barnett thinks Congress may make precatory resolutions:
Note that if legislators were somehow! required to read all bills passed into law, they would just withdraw into precatory vagaries, and leave all the detail to bureaucrats.
The view that the Confrontation Clause and the Right to Trial by Jury are merely precatory, to be ignored whenever a prosecutor wants to admit an “Expert” report, or when a factual issue can plausibly be characterized as merely a sentencing factor?
Because the Constitution gives the President the discretion to recommend only “such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient” Article II, section 3 of the Constitution, the specified officers and I shall treat these directions as precatory.
Finally, the militia clause is what is referred to by lawyers as "precatory language."
You see, unlike advisory resolutions, or precatory proposals on the shareholder ballot, this resolution will enact a bylaw (a law of the corporation) and codify "sustainability."
Carter objected that Congress "cannot mandate the establishment of consular relations at a time and place unacceptable to the President," and accordingly stated his determination to construe the provision as merely precatory.
Whether the 2d Amend's introductory phrase is precatory or limiting, the amendment says that "the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."
If some of the criticisms of the ISG report are right, as one thinks, especially because so much of the report seems precatory, seems based on hope rather than reality, then a bipartisan push behind the Baker report would likely be only another step on the road to an even bigger disaster.