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of or expressing a principle or rule regarding conduct; didactic; mandatory; instructive: a preceptive notice
Not to be confused with:
perceptive – discerning, sensitive, keen, astute; showing insight or intuition: a perceptive analysis of the challenges
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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.
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1. of, resembling, or expressing a precept or precepts
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
1. expressing a precept.
2. giving instructions; instructive.
[1425–75; < Latin]
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