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