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Definitions for precept
ˈpri sɛptpre·cept

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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.]

Editors Contribution

  1. Precept

    Knowledge comes from learning, Wisdom from living.

    Submitted by anonymous on March 18, 2020  
  2. 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  

How to pronounce precept?

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  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. Samuel Smiles:

    It is a mistake to suppose that men succeed through success they much oftener succeed through failures. Precept, study, advice, and example could never have taught them so well as failure has done.

  2. Seneca:

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

  3. Dwight L. Moody:

    A good example is far better than a good precept.

  4. Charles Dickens:

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

  5. Rene Descartes:

    The first precept was never to accept a thing as true until I knew it as such without a single doubt.

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