from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Something prescribed, especially a rule or regulation of conduct.
  • adj. Having been established as a rule; prescribed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Something prescribed; a rule, regulation or dictate.
  • n. A medical prescription.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Directed; prescribed.
  • n. Direction; precept; model prescribed.
  • n. A medical prescription.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Prescribed; set down beforehand as a rule; ordained or appointed beforehand.
  • n. That which is prescribed; a regulation; direction; instruction; rule; law.
  • n. Specifically, a medical direction; a prescription.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. prescribed guide for conduct or action


From Middle English, prescribed, from Latin praescrīptum, neuter past participle of praescrībere, to order, prescribe; see prescribe.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin praescriptum: compare Old French prescript. (Wiktionary)



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