What does precept mean?

Definitions for precept
ˈpri sɛptpre·cept

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. principle, preceptnoun

    rule of personal conduct

  2. teaching, precept, commandmentnoun

    a doctrine that is taught

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

Wiktionary

  1. preceptnoun

    A rule or principle, especially one governing personal conduct.

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

  2. preceptnoun

    A written command, especially a demand for payment.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Preceptverb

    to teach by precepts

Freebase

  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.]

Editors Contribution

  1. precept

    A rule or principle governing personal conduct.

    A precept can be a decree which directly and legitimately gives a specific person or persons to do something, especially in order to encourage the observance of law.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 12, 2020  

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Numerology

  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

Examples of precept in a Sentence

  1. Denis Diderot:

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

  2. Robert Cecil:

    Examples is more forcible than precept. People look at my six days in the week to see what I mean on the seventh.

  3. James Clyburn:

    What I try to do is demonstrate by precept and example how we are to proceed as a party, when I spoke out against sloganeering, like ‘ burn, baby, burn ’ in the 1960s and ‘ defund the police,' which I think is cutting the throats of the party, I know exactly where my constituents are. They are against that, and I ’m against that. The House majority whip, who has repeatedly voiced concerns against calls to reduce police funding, made similar comments in November when he told Axios that Democrats struggled in the 2020 elections.

  4. Seneca:

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

  5. George Eliot:

    It is, I fear, but a vain show of fulfilling the heathen precept, Know thyself, and too often leads to a self-estimate which will subsist in the absence of that fruit by which alone the quality of the tree is made evident.

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