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Precept

Precept

WordNet



noun


(1)   A doctrine that is taught
"The teachings of religion"
"He believed all the Christian precepts"
(2)   Rule of personal conduct
Wiktonary



Etymology


From Vulgar Latin , form of , from + .

Noun



  1. A rule or principle, especially one governing personal conduct.
    • 2006: Theodore Dalrymple The Gift of Language
      • I need hardly point out that Pinker doesn't really believe anything of what he writes, at least if example is stronger evidence of belief than precept.
    • 1891:
      • He found a people in the extreme of barbarism living in caves, feeding upon the bloody flesh of animals they killed in hunting; he taught them many things, so that by his example, and for generations after he left them by his precepts, they advanced to high civilization.