Precinct Pre"cinct (?; 277), n. [LL. praecinctum, fr. L. praecingere, praecinctum, to gird about, to encompass; prae before + cingere to gird, surround. See {Pre-}, and {Cincture}.] 1. 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.'' --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. A district within certain boundaries; a minor territorial or jurisdictional division; as, an election precinct; a school precinct. [1913 Webster]

3. A parish or prescribed territory attached to a church, and taxed for its support. [U.S.] [1913 Webster]

The parish, or precinct, shall proceed to a new choice. --Laws of Massachusetts. [1913 Webster]

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