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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.
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]
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]
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|Noun||1.||precept - rule of personal conduct|
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
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)
1. rule, order, law, direction, principle, command, regulation, instruction, decree, mandate, canon, statute, ordinance, commandment, behest, dictum the precepts of Buddhism