Definition of precept noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

precept

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈpriːsept//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpriːsept//
 
[countable, uncountable](formal)
 
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a rule about how to behave or what to think synonym principle moral precepts Word Origin late Middle English: from Latin praeceptum, neuter past participle of praecipere ‘warn, instruct’, from prae ‘before’ + capere ‘take’.
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