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Word: precept

Definition: practical rule guiding conduct; Ex. mother's precept


Sentences Containing 'precept'

Shall the respectable citizen thus gravely teach, by precept and example, the necessity of the young man's providing a certain number of superfluous glow shoes, and umbrellas, and empty guest chambers for empty guests, before he dies?
How much of the practice I have just reduced to precept, I owe to Agnes, I will not repeat here.
Pray bring to your mind how often I desired you to consider, when you insisted on the motive of public good, that the _Yahoos_ were a species of animals utterly incapable of amendment by precept or example: and so it has proved; for, instead of seeing a full stop put to all abuses and corruptions, at least in this little island, as I had reason to expect; behold, after above six months warning, I cannot learn that my book has produced one single effect according to my intentions.

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