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PRECEPT

An order, writ, warrant, or process. An order or direction, emanating from authority, to an officer or body of officers, commanding that officer or those officers to do some act within the scope of their powers. Rule imposing a standard of conduct or action.

Inenglish law, the direction issued by a sheriff to the proper returning officers of cities and boroughs within his jurisdiction for the election of members to serve in parliament.

In old French law, a kind of letters issued by the king in subversion of the laws, being orders to the judges to do or tolerate things contrary to law.

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pre·cept / ˈprēˌsept/ • n. 1. a general rule intended to regulate behavior or thought: moral precepts the legal precept of being innocent until proven guilty | children learn far more by example than by precept. 2. a writ or warrant: the Commissioner issued precepts requiring the companies to provide information. DERIVATIVES: pre·cep·tive / priˈseptiv/ adj.

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precept general command, esp. of divine origin XIV; writ, warrant XV. — L. præceptum maxim, order, sb. use of n. pp. of præcipere take beforehand, warn, instruct, enjoin, f. præ PRE- + capere take.
So preceptor (-OR1) XV.

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