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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Directed; prescribed.
  • noun Direction; precept; model prescribed.
  • noun obsolete A medical prescription.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • noun prescribed guide for conduct or action

Etymologies

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

[From Middle English, prescribed, from Latin praescrīptum, neuter past participle of praescrībere, to order, prescribe; see prescribe.]

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Latin praescriptum: compare Old French prescript.

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