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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.

In English 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.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

PRECEPT. A writ directed to the sheriff or other officer, commanding him to do something. The term is derived from the operative praecipimus, we command.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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According to (McKenny, 1974) the data gathering phase includes receptive and preceptive cognitive style.
And these are some of those preceptive Natural Laws which relate to Almighty God, as being immediate and necessary Conclusions without any (a) process of ratiocination resulting from the Notion of God; more might be added and many more secondary Conclusions deducible from them but these may give a Specimen of them, and the evident reasonableness or Naturall Consequence of them;
In this way, the artist-writer became inevitable, for these devices also begged description as principles; they could be rationalized and quantified, and the very act of explaining--or even listing--them was enough to establish their preceptive function.
Whatever point Barbaro is making about deliberative oratory, here, then, clearly goes well beyond the commonplaces of the preceptive tradition.
Symbolically, I see this common logic as illustrated by the striking similarity of the conclusion to the preceptive "Fortunes of Men", when after a long list of human vocations the poet remarks upon the variety of the divine plan: and in the identical opening lines of Riddle 31 and 32, praising the diversity of the divine scheme in the world of nature: Swa wraetlice weoroda nergend geond middangeard monna craeftas sceop ond scyrede ond gesceapo ferede aeghwylcum on eorpan eormencynnes.
To them [those of Israel who lived under the dispensation of Moses, prior to the apostolic age] it was revealed almost exclusively in the preceptive form...
The two styles of information gathering are preceptive and receptive, while information evaluation can either be systematic or intuitive.
At the opening of Passus VI in the B text, Piers engages the knight in a preceptive dialogue.
The prophet-like character, taken despite his wishes to the contrary to towns and cities to spout wisdom sounds a little bit like Cervantes' Tomas Rodaja in El licenciado Vidriera, ahhough the latter is not described as "saintly" by Cervantes, which conforms to another cervantine preceptive for history, that ir not mix things divine and human: "ni tiene para que predicar a ninguno, mezclando lo humano con lo divino, que es un genero de mezlca de quien no se ha de vestir ningun cristiano entendimiento" (I, Prologo, 12).
As soon as Indian Vinaya literatures were systematically brought into China in the Northern and Southern Dynasties (420-580), they were followed by a flurry of apocryphal activities that almost seemed to have been propelled by a desire to supplement the somewhat socially maladaptive Indian preceptive models.