praeceptum

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From praecipio.

Noun[edit]

praeceptum n (genitive praeceptī); second declension

  1. teaching, lesson
  2. precept
  3. order, command
    405 CE, Jerome, Vulgate Exodus.20.6
    et faciens misericordiam in millia his qui diligunt me, et custodiunt praecepta mea.
    and shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

Inflection[edit]

Second declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative praeceptum praecepta
genitive praeceptī praeceptōrum
dative praeceptō praeceptīs
accusative praeceptum praecepta
ablative praeceptō praeceptīs
vocative praeceptum praecepta

Descendants[edit]

References[edit]

  • praeceptum in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • praeceptum in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • du Cange, Charles (1883), “praeceptum”, in G. A. Louis Henschel, Pierre Carpentier, Léopold Favre, editors, Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (in Latin), Niort: L. Favre
  • praeceptum” in Félix Gaffiot’s Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette (1934)
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • to give advice, directions, about a matter: praecepta dare, tradere de aliqua re
    • to be well acquainted with the views of philosophers: praecepta philosophorum (penitus) percepta habere
    • to teach logic: disserendi praecepta tradere
    • theoretical, speculative philosophy: philosophia, quae in rerum contemplatione versatur, or quae artis praeceptis continetur
    • to systematise: ad rationem, ad artem et praecepta revocare aliquid (De Or. 1. 41)
    • to treat with scientific exactness; to classify: ad rationis praecepta accommodare aliquid
    • the rules of art; aesthetics: artis praecepta, or also simply ars
    • to teach rhetoric: dicendi praecepta tradere
    • the rules of speech, grammar: praecepta grammaticorum
    • moral precepts: praecepta de moribus or de virtute
    • to give moral advice, rules of conduct: morum praecepta tradere alicui