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Borrowed from Old French comandement, from comander. See command.


commandment (countable and uncountable, plural commandments)

  1. (archaic) Something that must be obeyed; a command or edict.
  2. (obsolete) The act of commanding; exercise of authority.
    • c. 1599, William Shakespeare, As You Like it, Act II, Scene 7,[3]
      Speak you so gently? Pardon me, I pray you;
      I thought that all things had been savage here,
      And therefore put I on the countenance
      Of stern commandment.
  3. (law) The offence of commanding or inducing another to violate the law.