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Pre"cinct [LL. praecinctum, fr. L. praecingere, praecinctum, to gird about, to encompass; prae before + cingere to gird, surround. See Pre-, and Cincture.]


The limit or exterior line encompassing a place; a boundary; a confine; limit of jurisdiction or authority; -- often in the plural; as, the precincts of a state.

"The precincts of light."



A district within certain boundaries; a minor territorial or jurisdictional division; as, an election precinct; a school precinct.


A parish or prescribed territory attached to a church, and taxed for its support.


The parish, or precinct, shall proceed to a new choice. Laws of Massachusetts.


© Webster 1913.