• WordNet 3.6
    • n precept a doctrine that is taught "the teachings of religion","he believed all the Christian precepts"
    • n precept rule of personal conduct
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Precept (Law) A command in writing; a species of writ or process.
    • Precept Any commandment, instruction, or order intended as an authoritative rule of action; esp., a command respecting moral conduct; an injunction; a rule. "For precept must be upon precept .""No arts are without their precepts ."
    • v. t Precept To teach by precepts.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n precept A commandment or direction given as a rule of action; teaching; instruction; especially, an injunction as to moral conduct; a rule of conduct; a maxim.
    • n precept In law: A command or mandate in writing issued by a court or judge, as for bringing a person, record, or other matter before him, or for the collection of costs, etc., or for summoning jurors, etc.
    • n precept In English law, a command or mandate in writing issued pursuant to law by an administrative officer: as, a sheriff's precept for a municipal election.
    • precept To teach; lead by precept.
    • precept To order by rule; ordain.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Precept prē′sept rule of action: a commandment: principle, or maxim:
    • n Precept a religious house or college of the Knights Templars
    • n Precept prē′sept (law) the written warrant of a magistrate: a mandate
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  • Robert E. Speer
    Robert E. Speer
    “This is the precept by which I have lived: Prepare for the worst; expect the best; and take what comes.”
  • Charles Dickens
    “Here's the rule for bargains: Do other men, for they would do you. That's the true business precept.”
  • Dwight L. Moody
    “A good example is far better than a good precept.”
  • James Russell Lowell
    “Where one person shapes their life by precept and example, there are a thousand who have shaped it by impulse and circumstances.”
  • Aesop
    “Example is the best precept.”
  • Proverb
    “Precept guides, but example draws.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. praeceptum, from praecipere, to take beforehand, to instruct, teach; prae, before + capere, to take: cf. F. précepte,. See Pre-, and Capacious
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. præceptumpræcipĕre, to take beforehand—præ, before, capĕre, to take.


In literature:

I have acted rightly and according to the precepts of virtue, and therefore, do I not fear thee.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
This cannot come through any formal definition, nor through any set of precepts.
"How to Teach Religion" by George Herbert Betts
Have you ever studied, one asks with wonder, the Precepts of the great Sage who founded your religion?
"In Luck at Last" by Walter Besant
This is a subject which will bear line upon line and precept upon precept.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 421, January 26, 1884" by Various
Every law, every precept, every prophecy, every parable has some outflowing, healing virtue, some life-imparting power.
"Life and Labors of Elder John Kline, the Martyr Missionary" by John Kline
The page is often golden with homely precept or tale of the sort which for all time has been natural to farmer folk.
"Horace and His Influence" by Grant Showerman
Say the Six Precepts of the Church for me, Pat.
"The Cross and the Shamrock" by Hugh Quigley
The scriptural precept, "Honor all men," appears to a true Hindu infinitely absurd.
"Two Old Faiths" by J. Murray Mitchell and William Muir
The precept concerning booths with boughs of trees occurs in Lev.
"Companion to the Bible" by E. P. Barrows
Whatever may be the precepts for a home, the practices of the fireside will give form to the habits.
"Our Deportment" by John H. Young

In poetry:

"If, of the Law's stone table,
To hold he scarce was able
The first great precept fast,
He kept for man the last.
"An Autograph" by John Greenleaf Whittier
But where a precept strict we find
With promise to our doing join'd,
Or threat'ning with a wrathful frown;
This as the law we justly own.
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. II." by Ralph Erskine
The precepts that we held I kept;
Proudly my ways with you I went:
We lived our dreams while others slept,
And did not shrink from sentiment.
"The Sentimentalist" by James Elroy Flecker
Let ev'ry Christian, who wou'd chuse to know
How he shou'd to God's blessed table go,
These precepts learn, and in his mem'ry bear,
Ere rashly he presumes to venture there.
"A Preparation For The Holy Communion" by Rees Prichard
O say, what bliss can transient Life bestow,
What balm so grateful to the social mind,
As FRIENDSHIP'S voice­where gentle precepts flow
From the blest source of sentiment refin'd?
"Stanzas to a Friend" by Mary Darby Robinson
And I cry with exultation--"Bless he who feeling in him
Precepts of pure grace and beauty guiding on his willing soul,
Yields himself unto their teaching, nor lets toil nor danger win him
To forsake the race he runneth till he resteth at the goal."
"Retrospection" by Walter Richard Cassels

In news:

(In the case of the nascent Buddhists those "good conditions," the master writes, would be studying Buddhist thought, practicing precepts, etc.).
The sooner the industry adopts these common-sense precepts, the better.
Very often important precepts are set to music to help us remember.
Already the parent company of Sawtooth Estate Winery in Idaho's Snake River Valley, the latest acquisition broadens Precept 's footprint as the second largest wine company in the Northwest.
The acquisition builds on Precept 's history of partnerships and acquisitions.
Those interested can sign up online at precepts .org or by calling 888 678-5660.
Precept Ministries Training Workshop Feb 19-20.
Hawaii's second Precept Ministries Training Workshop will be held Feb 19 and 20 at Hope Chapel in Kihei.
Living Grace Church will host a nine-week Precept Bible study led by Susan Monteleone - certified Precept Study leader - called "Standing Firm in These Last Days.".
Certified by Precept Ministries International, Carol Freeman will be leading the eight-week study of Romans-Part Three.
The Dore of Preception .
Precept® UltraGard™ SMS Major Procedure Drapes are constructed from a multi-layer fabric and feature a new Absorbent/Poly Reinforcement.
How have they connected theology to ethics , precepts to practice.
Weber brilliantly charted the connections between precepts and practice, but succeeded less well in tracing ethics to belief.
When the real world takes their clichéd sayings, precepts, and warnings and reduces them to a pile of misguided bull dung.

In science:

According to the author of the latter, the original source of Einstein’s locality precept was Schopenhauer’s principium individuationis.
Why Einstein, Podolsky and Rosen did not prove that quantum mechanics is `incomplete'
So far, we have used three preceptively meaningful local blocks for the LSGM approach, while proposing the use of 42 uniformly sampled blocks of size 8 × 8 for the LHML method.
Discriminative Local Sparse Representations for Robust Face Recognition
This defect consists of the use of a reality concept that conflicts with the quantum precepts.
Nonlocality, Counterfactual, and Consistent Histories
To avoid these problems I shall give here an internally complete account based exclusively on the precepts of quantum physics and rudimentary logic.
Nonlocality, Counterfactual, and Consistent Histories
Unruh has challenged my claim that the method I employ avoids any violation of the quantum precepts.
Nonlocality, Counterfactual, and Consistent Histories