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Definition a rule for behavior — especially a shared moral doctrine
  • She accepts the Golden Rule as a precept.
precept = rule for behavior
  • It is a precept of Israeli policy.
  • precept = rule
  • It became a precept of U.S. foreign policy.
  • precept = rule
  • There is no moral precept that does not have something inconvenient about it.
    Denis Diderot
  • In this there is certainly some accomplishment of that most difficult precept of the Gospel about rendering good for evil.
    de Balzac, Honore  --  An Old Maid
  • It is difficult to get along because we have different precepts.
  • precepts = rules for behavior
  • I behave on instinct and then rationalize to make my behavior fit my moral precepts.
  • precepts = rules for behavior
  • The first precept was never to accept a thing as true until I knew it as such without a single doubt.
    Rene Descartes
  • She is critical of the precept of literal interpretation of the scriptures.
  • precept = rule
  • It has also always been my precept and practice, as it was my dear husband's precept and practice before me.
    Collins, Wilkie  --  The Woman in White
  • The path of precept is long, that of example short and effectual.
    Seneca
  • "I will do so, I promise you," answered Sancho, "and will keep this precept as carefully as Sunday."
    Cervantes, Miguel  --  Don Quixote
  • How many observe Christ's birthday! How few, his precepts! O! 'tis easier to keep Holidays than Commandments.
    Benjamin Franklin
  • Robson likewise encouraged Tom's propensity to persecute the lower creation, both by precept and example.
    Bronte, Anne  --  Agnes Grey
  • "You will not apply my precept," he said, shaking his head.
    Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan  --  Sign of the Four
  • He turned around and wrote in big huge block letters that spread all the way across the chalkboard: MR. BROWNE'S SEPTEMBER PRECEPT: WHEN GIVEN THE CHOICE BETWEEN BEING RIGHT OR BEING KIND, CHOOSE KIND.
    R.J. Palacio  --  Wonder
  • precept = important principle or rule for behavior
  • If you remember, please send me a postcard this summer with YOUR personal precept.
    R.J. Palacio  --  Wonder
  • precept = rule for behavior
  • Mr. Browne's December precept was: Fortune favors the bold.
    R.J. Palacio  --  Wonder
  • precept = rule for behavior
  • Since we were just about to start studying ancient Egypt in history, Mr. Browne thought this was a good choice for a precept.
    R.J. Palacio  --  Wonder
  • precept = rule for behavior
  • Mr. Browne's precept for October was: YOUR DEEDS ARE YOUR MONUMENTS.
    R.J. Palacio  --  Wonder
precept = important principle or rule for behavior

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