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  1. of the nature of or expressing a precept; mandatory.
  2. giving instructions; instructive.
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Origin of preceptive

First recorded in 1425–75; late Middle English word from Latin word praeceptīvus. See precept, -ive
Related formspre·cep·tive·ly, adverbun·pre·cep·tive, adjectiveun·pre·cep·tive·ly, adverb
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Historical Examples

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for preceptive


  1. of, resembling, or expressing a precept or precepts
  2. didactic
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Derived Formspreceptively, adverb
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