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Precept, 1) précept, instruction, lesson: “what are --s worth of stale example?” Compl. 267. “my father's --s I therein forget,” Tp. III, 1, 58. “in action all of p.” Meas. IV, 1, 40. “I will bestow some --s of this virgin,” All's III, 5, 103. “to load me with --s,” Cor. IV, 1, 10. “never learned the icy --s of respect,” Tim. IV, 3, 258. “these few --s,” Hml. I, 3, 58. “then I --s gave her,” II, 2, 142 (Qq prescripts).
2) precépt, mandate, summons: “those --s cannot be served,” H4B V, 1, 14. “send --s to the leviathan to come ashore,” H5 III, 3, 26.
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