The definition of a commandment is a rule that must be obeyed, especially one handed down by God.
A divine rule given by God to Moses such as the rule that "Thou shall not kill" is an example of a commandment.
an authoritative command or order; mandate; precept; specif., any of the Ten Commandments
Origin of commandmentMiddle English and Old French comandement
- A command; an edict.
- Bible One of the Ten Commandments.
From Old French comandement, from comander. See command.
- one of the Ten Commandments