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precept +‎ -ive


preceptive (comparative more preceptive, superlative most preceptive)

  1. (law) Of, pertaining to, or based on precepts
    • 1677, John Owen, The Doctrine of Justification by Faith[1]:
      If it was necessary, that Christ as our surety should suffer the penalty of the law in our stead, because we have sinned; then it was also necessary that as our Surety, he should yield obedience to the preceptive part of the law also;
  2. instructive; didactic
    • 1810, John Quincy Adams, Lectures on Rhetoric and Oratory[2]:
      It is altogether preceptive, barely containing the rules, without illustration from example. It is a system of rhetoric in the abstract.