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[pri-sep-tiv] /prɪˈsɛp tɪv/
of the nature of or expressing a precept; mandatory.
giving instructions; instructive.
Origin of preceptive
late Middle English
First recorded in 1425-75; late Middle English word from Latin word praeceptīvus. See precept, -ive
Related forms
preceptively, adverb
unpreceptive, adjective
unpreceptively, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for preceptive
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  • In its outward form it may be preceptive, historical, or meditative.

    Companion to the Bible E. P. Barrows
  • The knowledge communicated to us of the preceptive will of God to his church, under the first dispensation, is very limited.

  • To ascertain our duty we must look at the preceptive will of God and not to his eternal counsel.

  • It may be worth while here to present, in a condensed form, some portion of his matter, which is both indicative and preceptive.

    The Violin

    George Dubourg
  • It may be necessary to notice the only preceptive passage in the New Testament which apparently bears a different aspect.

    Christian Devotedness Anthony Norris Groves
  • Justice should be done, by a civil power—agreeable to God's preceptive will.

  • It is the abstract, preceptive, and barren form, and the presumptuous manner in which these are presented that they detest.

    Children and Their Books James Hosmer Penniman
  • The value which we attach to the volume depends, however, rather on its preceptive than its antiquarian character.

  • We might infer this from the extent of the reading, which was sufficient for all the preceptive parts of the Pentateuch.

    Companion to the Bible E. P. Barrows
  • Hence the present epistle differs strikingly in its preceptive part from the other two.

    Companion to the Bible E. P. Barrows
British Dictionary definitions for preceptive


of, resembling, or expressing a precept or precepts
Derived Forms
preceptively, adverb
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