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precept

noun

Definition: 1. a rule, axiom, or order that dictates specific conduct or course of action; 1. a rule of personal (especially moral) conduct

Synonyms: law, axiom, principle, commandment, guideline, mandate, rule

Antonyms:

Tips: Precept is derived from the Latin praecipere, "to take beforehand." A precept is a guideline that you consider before taking action. It is most commonly used to denote a moral or personal rule or guideline.

Usage Examples:

The business was founded on the precept that the customer is always right. (principle, axiom)

Freedom of speech is a fundamental precept of a free society. (law, rule)

His religion required him to follow certain precepts for living. (principles, guidelines)

Ideally, one's personal precepts should guide a person to be honest and kind. (principles, rules)


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