• IPA: /ˈpɹiːsɛpt/

precept (plural precepts)

  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.
  2. (legal) A written command, especially a demand for payment.
  3. (UK) An order issued by one local authority to another specifying the rate of tax to be charged on its behalf.
    1. A rate or tax set by a precept.
      • The Parish Council is financed by raising a small levy - the precept - on all residential properties within the parish.
Translations Verb

precept (precepts, present participle precepting; past and past participle precepted)

  1. (obsolete) To teach by precepts.

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