precept

[ pree-sept ]
/ ˈpri sɛpt /

noun

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.
Law.
  1. a writ or warrant.
  2. a written order issued pursuant to law, as a sheriff's order for an election.

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Origin of precept

1300–50; Middle English <Latin praeceptum piece of advice, rule, noun use of neuter of praeceptus, past participle of praecipere to direct, foresee, literally, to take beforehand, equivalent to prae-pre- + -cep-, combining form of capere to take + -tus past participle suffix

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH precept

percept, precept
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British Dictionary definitions for precept

precept
/ (ˈpriːsɛpt) /

noun

a rule or principle for action
a guide or rule for morals; maxim
a direction, esp for a technical operation
law
  1. a writ or warrant
  2. a written order to a sheriff to arrange an election, the empanelling of a jury, etc
  3. (in England) an order to collect money under a rate

Word Origin for precept

C14: from Latin praeceptum maxim, injunction, from praecipere to admonish, from prae before + capere to take
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