1. A command; a mandate; an order or injunction given by authority; charge; precept.
Why do ye transgress the commandment of God. Matthew 15:3.
This is the first and great commandment Matthew 22:38.
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another. John 13:34.
2. By way of eminence, a precept of the decalogue, or moral law, written on tables of stone, at Mount Sinai; one of the ten commandments. Exodus 34:32.
3. Authority; coercive power.