One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An ordinance, law, or command.
principle, rule, tenet, canon, code, doctrine, guideline, working principle, law, ordinance, statute, command, order, decree, mandate, dictate, dictum, directive, direction, instruction, injunction, prescription, commandmentView synonyms
- ‘God does call us to a new way of being in the world; it is a way not of laws and prescripts, but a way of righteousness and justice.’
- ‘In addition to this, self-effecting subservient attitudes are enforced through strictly prescribed norms and moral prescripts of ‘good’ behaviour.’
Mid 16th century: from Latin praescriptum ‘something directed in writing’, neuter past participle of praescribere (see prescribe).
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