Definition of precept in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈprēˌsept/


1A general rule intended to regulate behavior or thought: moral precepts the legal precept of being innocent until proven guilty children learn far more by example than by precept
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  • The general structural and moral precepts around which these relationships are constituted are evident at certain stages of beer drinks.
  • But this does not mean that the Prince is amoral; it merely indicates that he was honest enough to face the difficulty of adjusting political behaviour to moral precepts.
  • It then promotes this into a moral precept for life in general.
principle, rule, tenet, canon, doctrine, command, order, decree, dictate, dictum, injunction, commandment;
Judaism  mitzvah
formal prescript
2A writ or warrant: the Commissioner issued precepts requiring the companies to provide information
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  • ‘I do not think the electorate will wear very large precepts from police authorities any more than they would wear very large precepts from local authorities,’ he said.



Pronunciation: /prəˈseptiv/


Late Middle English: from Latin praeceptum, neuter past participle of praecipere 'warn, instruct', from prae 'before' + capere 'take'.

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Syllabification: pre·cept

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