Pronunciation: (prē'sept), [key]
1. a commandment or direction given as a rule of action or conduct.
2. an injunction as to moral conduct; maxim.
3. a procedural directive or rule, as for the performance of some technical operation.
a. a writ or warrant.
b. a written order issued pursuant to law, as a sheriff 's order for an election.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.