Definition of precept in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈpriːsɛpt


  • 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.
  • 3British An order issued by one local authority to another specifying the rate of tax to be charged on its behalf: the precept required a supplementary rate of 6.1p in the pound
  • 3.1A rate or tax set by a precept.
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    • 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.



Pronunciation: /prɪˈsɛptɪv/


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

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