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pre·cept

 (prē′sĕpt′)
n.
1. A rule or principle prescribing a particular course of action or conduct.
2. Law A direction or order issued by an authority; a writ, command, or process.

[Middle 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.]

precept

(ˈpriːsɛpt)
n
1. a rule or principle for action
2. a guide or rule for morals; maxim
3. a direction, esp for a technical operation
4. (Law) law
a. a writ or warrant
b. a written order to a sheriff to arrange an election, the empanelling of a jury, etc
c. (in England) an order to collect money under a rate
[C14: from Latin praeceptum maxim, injunction, from praecipere to admonish, from prae before + capere to take]

pre•cept

(ˈpri sɛpt)

n.
1. a commandment or direction given as a rule of action or conduct.
2. an injunction as to moral conduct; maxim.
3. a direction for performing a technical operation.
4. Law. a written order issued pursuant to law.
[Middle English < Latin praeceptum piece of advice, rule, n. use of neuter of praeceptus, past participle of praecipere to direct, foresee]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.precept - rule of personal conduct
prescript, rule - prescribed guide for conduct or action
higher law - a principle that takes precedent over the laws of society
moral principle - the principle that conduct should be moral
hypothetical imperative - a principle stating the action required to attain a desired goal
ethical code, ethic - a system of principles governing morality and acceptable conduct
caveat emptor - a commercial principle that without a warranty the buyer takes upon himself the risk of quality
2.precept - a doctrine that is taught; "the teachings of religion"; "he believed all the Christian precepts"
doctrine, ism, philosophical system, philosophy, school of thought - a belief (or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative by some group or school
Golden Rule - a command based on Jesus' words in the Sermon on the Mount; "Whatsoever ye would that men do unto you, do you even so unto them" (Matthew 7:12)
mitsvah, mitzvah - (Judaism) a precept or commandment of the Jewish law

precept

noun
2. maxim, saying, rule, principle, guideline, motto, dictum, axiom, byword the precept, `If a job's worth doing, it's worth doing well'

precept

noun
A principle governing affairs within or among political units:
Translations
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precept

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precept

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precept

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precept

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References in classic literature ?
I can remember Miss Temple walking lightly and rapidly along our drooping line, her plaid cloak, which the frosty wind fluttered, gathered close about her, and encouraging us, by precept and example, to keep up our spirits, and march forward, as she said, "like stalwart soldiers.
He appeared to have bent his malevolence on making him a brute: he was never taught to read or write; never rebuked for any bad habit which did not annoy his keeper; never led a single step towards virtue, or guarded by a single precept against vice.
Altogether, the Old Bailey, at that date, was a choice illustration of the precept, that "Whatever is is right;" an aphorism that would be as final as it is lazy, did it not include the troublesome consequence, that nothing that ever was, was wrong.
How much of the practice I have just reduced to precept, I owe to Agnes, I will not repeat here.
The Sun Had first his precept so to move, so shine, As might affect the Earth with cold and heat Scarce tollerable, and from the North to call Decrepit Winter, from the South to bring Solstitial summers heat.
I will do so, I promise you," answered Sancho, "and will keep this precept as carefully as Sunday.
If, according to the noble precept, it be lawful to accept good advice even from an enemy, shall we set the ignoble example of refusing such advice even when it is offered by our friends?
In this there is certainly some accomplishment of that most difficult precept of the Gospel about rendering good for evil.
Heavily weighs on me at times the burdensome reflection that I cannot honestly say I am confident as to the exact shape of the once-seen, oft-regretted Cube; and in my nightly visions the mysterious precept, "Upward, not Northward", haunts me like a soul-devouring Sphinx.
If men were entirely good this precept would not hold, but because they are bad, and will not keep faith with you, you too are not bound to observe it with them.
Besides," continued Anne of Austria, "the Lord never gives the goods of this world but for a season; the Lord -- as correctives to honor and riches -- the Lord has placed sufferings, sickness, and death; and no one," added she, with a melancholy smile, which proved she made the application of the funeral precept to herself, "no man can take his wealth or greatness with him to the grave.
Paul, in the warning and precept, that he giveth concerning the same, Devita profanas vocum novitates, et oppositiones falsi nominis scientiae.