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Canonical Precept

(Precept: From the Latin præceptum from præcipere, to command).

Precept, in its common acceptation, is opposed to counsel, inasmuch as the former imposes an obligation, while the latter is a persuasion. In ecclesiastical jurisprudence, the word precept is used:

Sources

SMITH, Elements of Ecclesiastical Law, III (New York, 1888); FERRARIS, Bibliotheca Canonica, V (Rome, 1889), s.v. Lex, art. I; BAART, Legal Formulary (New York, 1898).

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APA citation. Fanning, W. (1911). Canonical Precept. In The Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/12372b.htm

MLA citation. Fanning, William. "Canonical Precept." The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 12. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1911. <http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/12372b.htm>.

Transcription. This article was transcribed for New Advent by Wm Stuart French, Jr. Dedicated to Eunice Philona Smith Roberts.

Ecclesiastical approbation. Nihil Obstat. June 1, 1911. Remy Lafort, S.T.D., Censor. Imprimatur. +John Cardinal Farley, Archbishop of New York.

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