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1. Of, relating to, or expressing a rule or principle that prescribes a particular course of action or conduct.
2. Instructive; didactic.

pre·cep′tive·ly adv.


1. of, resembling, or expressing a precept or precepts
2. didactic
preˈceptively adv


(prɪˈsɛp tɪv)

1. expressing a precept.
2. giving instructions; instructive.
[1425–75; < Latin]
pre•cep′tive•ly, adv.
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Tierney opens his latest book with a relatively simple distinction--though one he notes has been largely lost in contemporary debates: law may be preceptive, requiring and forbidding certain acts, or it may be permissive, leaving individual persons with the choice whether to take such actions.
70r/ secundo (i) primo [the second kind of natural law] as that it is not Just to do that to another which we would not that another should do to me, (j) in the same Circumstance that I am not to do hurt to him that is innocent that I am to be thankfull for benefits received, and many more both in the preceptive and prohibitory instances of Moral or Natural Law's.
The Machiavellian dimension proposed here extends this dangerously preceptive tendency beyond the sphere of manners to encompass the moral economy of an age in which security and contingency waged perpetual war.
simplicifolia significantly reduced lordosis response and increased rejection behavior in female rats treated with the highest dose while it did not influence preceptive behaviors.
The Law of the Cross is a preceptive determinant of events, and it is in the transformation that takes place in events through nonviolent response that redemption takes place in history.
I would argue that more than the metaphysical, epistemological, or preceptive dimensions, the soteriological dimension can provide the needed criterion as well as a framework for rigorous Buddhist social and environmental ethics.
Rhonheimer quotes Cajetan, who in his commentary on Thomas points out that the acts of practical reason are in themselves preceptive as preconceptual acts, but are conceptualized and discussed through reflection, so the power and nature of practical reason are seen in the agent's actual acts.
Granted, the early preceptive moments make Remy look like a puppet master manipulating Linguini like a marionette.