precinct (n.) c.1400, "district defined for purposes of government or representation," from M.L. precinctum "enclosure, boundary line," properly neuter pp. of L. praecingere "to gird about, surround," from prae- "before" (see PRE- (Cf. pre-)) + cingere "to surround, encircle" (see CINCH (Cf. cinch)).

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