Definitions for preceptˈpri sɛpt

This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word precept

Princeton's WordNet

  1. principle, precept(noun)

    rule of personal conduct

  2. teaching, precept, commandment(noun)

    a doctrine that is taught

    "the teachings of religion"; "he believed all the Christian precepts"


  1. precept(Noun)

    A rule or principle, especially one governing personal conduct.

  2. precept(Noun)

    A written command, especially a demand for payment.

  3. Origin: From praeceptum, form of praecipere, from prae + capere.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Precept(verb)

    to teach by precepts


  1. Precept

    A precept is a commandment, instruction, or order intended as an authoritative rule of action.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Precept

    prē′sept, n. rule of action: a commandment: principle, or maxim: (law) the written warrant of a magistrate: a mandate.—adj. Precep′tial (Shak.), consisting of precepts.—n. Precep′tion (obs.), a precept.—adj. Precep′tive, containing or giving precepts: directing in moral conduct: didactic.—n. Precep′tor, one who delivers precepts: a teacher: an instructor: the head of a school: the head of a preceptory of Knights Templars:—fem. Precep′tress.—adjs. Preceptō′rial; Precep′tory, giving precepts.—n. a religious house or college of the Knights Templars. [Fr.,—L. præceptumpræcipĕre, to take beforehand—præ, before, capĕre, to take.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of precept in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of precept in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Aesop:

    Example is the best precept.

  2. Dwight L. Moody:

    A good example is far better than a good precept.

  3. Seneca:

    The path of precept is long, that of example short and effectual.

  4. Denis Diderot:

    There is no moral precept that does not have something inconvenient about it.

  5. Charles Dickens:

    Here's the rule for bargains: Do other men, for they would do you. That's the true business precept.

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