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Definition of precept:

  1. An authoritative rule respecting moral conduct; a maxim; a mandate in writing.

Common misspellings for precept:

recept, recet, precipt, reicept, precepted.

Google Ngram Viewer results for precept:

This graph shows how "precept" have occurred between 1800 and 2008 in a corpus of English books.

Examples of usage for precept:

  1. It is all founded on one beautiful commercial precept. "Hodge and His Masters" , Richard Jefferies.
  2. Hence the precept, " Keep thy heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life." "Practical Ethics" , William DeWitt Hyde.
  3. Example, they say, is better than precept. "Paddy Finn" , W. H. G. Kingston.

Quotes for precept:

  1. This is the precept by which I have lived: Prepare for the worst; expect the best; and take what comes. - Hannah Arendt
  2. The first precept was never to accept a thing as true until I knew it as such without a single doubt. - Rene Descartes
  3. There is no moral precept that does not have something inconvenient about it. - Denis Diderot
  4. I cannot remember a time when the Golden Rule was not my motto and precept, the torch that guided my footsteps. - James Cash Penney
  5. We must reject the idea that every time a law's broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions. - Ronald Reagan

Idioms for precept:

  1. Example is better than precept
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