from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A rule or principle prescribing a particular course of action or conduct.
- n. Law An authorized direction or order; a writ.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A rule or principle, especially one governing personal conduct.
- n. A written command, especially a demand for payment.
- v. To teach by precepts.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any commandment, instruction, or order intended as an authoritative rule of action; esp., a command respecting moral conduct; an injunction; a rule.
- n. A command in writing; a species of writ or process.
- transitive v. To teach by precepts.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A commandment or direction given as a rule of action; teaching; instruction; especially, an injunction as to moral conduct; a rule of conduct; a maxim.
- n. In law: A command or mandate in writing issued by a court or judge, as for bringing a person, record, or other matter before him, or for the collection of costs, etc., or for summoning jurors, etc.
- n. In English law, a command or mandate in writing issued pursuant to law by an administrative officer: as, a sheriff's precept for a municipal election.
- To teach; lead by precept.
- To order by rule; ordain.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. rule of personal conduct
- n. a doctrine that is taught
Middle English, from Old French, from Latin praeceptum, from neuter past participle of praecipere, to advise, teach : prae-, pre- + capere, to take; see kap- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Vulgar Latin praeceptum, form of praecipere ("to teach"), from Latin prae ("pre-") + capere ("take"). (Wiktionary)