Pronunciation: (prē'sept),[key] —n. 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.
4. Law. a. a writ or warrant.
b. a written order issued pursuant to law, as a sheriff 's order for an election.