- The definition of a precept is a guiding principle or rule that is used to control, influence or regulate conduct.
An example of a precept is a commandment found in the Ten Commandments.
- a commandment or direction meant as a rule of action or conduct
- a rule of moral conduct; maxim
- a rule or direction, as in technical matters
- Law a written order; writ
Origin of preceptMiddle English ; from Classical Latin praeceptum ; from praecipere, to admonish, teach ; from prae-, before (see pre-) + capere, to take
- A rule or principle prescribing a particular course of action or conduct.
- Law A direction or order issued by an authority; a writ, command, or process.
Origin of preceptMiddle English, from Old French, from Latin praeceptum, from neuter past participle of praecipere, to advise, teach : prae-, pre- + capere, to take; see kap- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present precepts, present participle precepting, simple past and past participle precepted)
- (obsolete) To teach by precepts.
From Vulgar Latin praeceptum, form of praecipere (“to teach"), from Latin prae (“pre-") + capere (“take").