- a commandment or direction given as a rule of action or conduct.
- an injunction as to moral conduct; maxim.
- a procedural directive or rule, as for the performance of some technical operation.
- a writ or warrant.
- a written order issued pursuant to law, as a sheriff's order for an election.
Origin of precept
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Examples from the Web for precepts
Palmer has tried to conduct an examined life, to arrive at his own precepts and live by them.Will the Real Jim Palmer Please Stand Up
September 27, 2014
Then you will excuse my following your example instead of your precepts.Tales And Novels, Volume 3 (of 10)
All precepts, all religions, are insignificant agencies by their side.Hetty's Strange History
Again what city ever received Plato's or Aristotle's laws, or Socrates' precepts?The Praise of Folly
The rest of morality was summed up in the precepts of the art of pleasing.Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle
H. N. Brailsford
These precepts are not forgotten, either in the Sophist or in the Statesman.Statesman
- a rule or principle for action
- a guide or rule for morals; maxim
- a direction, esp for a technical operation
- a writ or warrant
- a written order to a sheriff to arrange an election, the empanelling of a jury, etc
- (in England) an order to collect money under a rate
Word Origin and History for precepts
late 14c., from Old French percept, percet (12c.), from Latin praeceptum "maxim, rule of conduct, order," noun use of neuter past participle of praecipere "give rules to, order, advise," literally "take beforehand," from prae "before" (see pre-) + capere (past participle captus) "to take" (see capable). For change of vowel, see biennial.