Precept meaning

prē'sĕpt'
A rule or principle prescribing a particular course of action or conduct.
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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.

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A direction or order issued by an authority; a writ, command, or process.
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A rule of moral conduct; maxim.
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A commandment or direction meant as a rule of action or conduct.
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A rule or direction, as in technical matters.
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A rule or principle, especially one governing personal conduct.
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(obsolete) To teach by precepts.

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(law) A written command, especially a demand for payment.
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A written order; writ.
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1891: Susan Hale, Mexico, volume 27, The Story of the Nations, London: T. Fisher Unwin, page 80.
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Origin of precept

Middle English from Old French from Latin praeceptum from neuter past participle of praecipere to advise, teach prae- pre- capere to take kap- in Indo-European roots