Precept Pre"cept, n. [L. praeceptum, from praecipere to take beforehand, to instruct, teach; prae before + capere to take: cf. F. pr['e]cepte. See {Pre-}, and {Capacious}.] 1. Any commandment, instruction, or order intended as an authoritative rule of action; esp., a command respecting moral conduct; an injunction; a rule. [1913 Webster]

For precept must be upon precept. --Isa. xxviii. 10. [1913 Webster]

No arts are without their precepts. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

2. (Law) A command in writing; a species of writ or process. --Burrill. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Commandment; injunction; mandate; law; rule; direction; principle; maxim. See {Doctrine}. [1913 Webster]

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