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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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In 1995 she wrote preceptively in her autobiography: "These changes (the 1980s) led to a powerful and largely middle-class lobby for tax allowances for child care-either nannies or play groups or, in educational disguise, nursery provision.
Winter presents an insightful review of the literature and, rather than attempting to force a synthesis between the different (and sometimes competing) perspectives presented by contributors, he preceptively uses their differences to draw attention to some important debates in the wider literature.