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Definition of "precept" []

  • A rule or principle prescribing a particular course of action or conduct. (noun)
  • Law An authorized direction or order; a writ. (noun)
  • A rule or principle for action (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A guide or rule for morals; maxim (noun)
  • A direction, esp for a technical operation (noun)
  • A writ or warrant (noun)
  • A written order to a sheriff to arrange an election, the empanelling of a jury, etc (noun)
  • (in England) an order to collect money under a rate (noun)

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Use "precept" in a sentence
  • "One cannot decide that this Church precept is false this one true, that that one is empty and useless and that one is meaningful."
  • "In ecclesiastical jurisprudence, the word precept is used:"
  • "The precept is very weighty. seemeth to have -- or, "thinketh that he hath" (Margin)."