noun \ˈprē-ˌsept\

: a rule that says how people should behave

Full Definition of PRECEPT

:  a command or principle intended especially as a general rule of action
:  an order issued by legally constituted authority to a subordinate official

Examples of PRECEPT

  1. the basic precepts of a religion
  2. I was taught by precept and by example.

Origin of PRECEPT

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin praeceptum, from neuter of praeceptus, past participle of praecipere to take beforehand, instruct, from prae- + capere to take — more at heave
First Known Use: 14th century


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