What does precept mean?

Definitions for preceptˈpri sɛpt

Here are all the 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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