plural -s
Roman law
: the taking before general distribution of an estate of something as a legacy under an option to select granted by the will to the legatee

Word History


Latin praeception-, praeceptio, from praeceptus (past participle of praecipere to take beforehand) + -ion-, -io -ion

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“Preception.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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