Definition of precept
1 : a command or principle intended especially as a general rule of action
2 : an order issued by legally constituted authority to a subordinate official
Examples of precept in a sentence
the basic precepts of a religion
I was taught by precept and by example.
Origin and Etymology 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
Synonym Discussion of precept
PRECEPT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of precept for English Language Learners
: a rule that says how people should behave
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