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precept

pre·cept

precept

 
 
pronunciation:
pri sept
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part of speech: noun
definition: a basic rule, principle, or directive that guides action, moral conduct, or thought.
Religions offer a set of beliefs concerning God but also precepts to follow in order to live a moral life.
synonyms:
canon, dictate, directive, law, principle, rubric, rule
similar words:
apothegm, axiom, code, corpus juris, dictum, gnome, guideline, maxim, morality, precedent, prescript, prescription
Word Parts
The word precept contains the following part:
cap1, cip, capt, cept, -ceive, -ceit Latin root that means to take, catch