Definition of precept in English:
1A general rule intended to regulate behaviour or thought: the legal precept of being innocent until proven guilty [mass noun]: children learn far more by example than by precept
More example sentences
- 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.
3.1A rate or tax set by a precept.
- The town council has managed to keep the rise in its council tax precept to the rate of inflation in the next financial year.
- The executive's budget recommendations will now go to Monday's meeting of the full council, along with the council tax precepts of Lancashire County Council and the Police Authority.
- All we are suggesting is that the parish councils take over the ones in the villages and that they pay to run them from their council tax precepts.
Late Middle English: from Latin praeceptum, neuter past participle of praecipere 'warn, instruct', from prae 'before' + capere 'take'.
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