precept

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Vulgar Latin praeceptum, form of praecipere (to teach), from Latin prae (pre-) + capere (take).

Noun[edit]

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.
    • 1891: (Can we date this quote?) Susan Hale, Mexico, volume 27, The Story of the Nations, London: T. Fisher Unwin, page 80:
      • He found a people in the extreme of barbarism living in caves, feeding upon the bloody flesh of animals they killed in hunting; he taught them many things, so that by his example, and for generations after he left them by his precepts, they advanced to high civilization.
  2. (law) A written command, especially a demand for payment.

Translations[edit]

Verb[edit]

precept (third-person singular simple present precepts, present participle precepting, simple past and past participle precepted)

  1. (obsolete) To teach by precepts.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Francis Bacon to this entry?)

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Old Irish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Vulgar Latin praeceptum, form of praecipere (to teach), from Latin prae (pre-) + capere (take).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈpʲrʲeɡʲept/

Noun[edit]

precept f (genitive precepte)

  1. preaching, teaching
    • c. 800, Würzburg Glosses on the Pauline Epistles, published in Thesaurus Palaeohibernicus (reprinted 1987, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies), edited and with translations by Whitley Stokes and John Strachan, vol. I, pp. 499–712, Wb. 21c19
      Is oc precept soscéli at·tó.
      I am preaching the gospel.

Usage notes[edit]

Functions as a verbal noun of a verb with no finite forms.

Mutation[edit]

Old Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Nasalization
precept phrecept precept
pronounced with /b(ʲ)-/
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.