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.
Recent Examples of precept from the Web
The entire townhouse was arranged by the precepts of the harm reductionist’s feng shui, an improvisational architectural style born of the union of urgent necessity and human creativity.
Not feeding the trolls is one of the first and most important precepts of our current era.
These precepts, of course, only make sense in a networked world, and Davis describes numerous network-heavy companies that are headed that way.
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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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