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Meaning of precept

pre•cept

Pronunciation: (prē'sept), [key]
— n.
  1. a commandment or direction given as a rule of action or conduct.
  2. an injunction as to moral conduct; maxim.
  3. a procedural directive or rule, as for the performance of some technical operation.
    1. a writ or warrant.
    2. a written order issued pursuant to law, as a sheriff 's order for an election.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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