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  • nouncommand; rule
  • verbcommand; give instructions
  • verbread out for the record

synonyms for dictates

  • edict
  • precept
  • behest
  • bidding
  • code
  • decree
  • dictum
  • direction
  • fiat
  • injunction
  • law
  • mandate
  • order
  • ordinance
  • principle
  • requirement
  • statute
  • ultimatum
  • word
  • impose
  • prescribe
  • guide
  • govern
  • control
  • decree
  • set
  • lead
  • bid
  • manage
  • pronounce
  • direct
  • rule
  • ordain
  • charge
  • regiment
  • enjoin
  • instruct
  • bulldoze
  • order
  • lay down
  • call the shots
  • call the play
  • call the tune
  • lay down the law
  • put foot down
  • read the riot act
  • take the reins
  • walk heavy
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antonyms for dictates

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  • answer
  • lawlessness
  • question
  • request
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How to use dictates in a sentence

Fashion—Do not be too submissive to the dictates of fashion; at the same time avoid oddity or eccentricity in your dress.
THE LADIES' BOOK OF ETIQUETTE, AND MANUAL OF POLITENESSFLORENCE HARTLEY
These commands could not have been obeyed as the dictates of God's laws, had the duty of Covenanting not been performed.
THE ORDINANCE OF COVENANTINGJOHN CUNNINGHAM
Will you pardon the foregoing as the enthusiasm of a youthful mind, yet not altogether unimpressed by the dictates of prudence?
THE EXPEDITIONS OF ZEBULON MONTGOMERY PIKE, VOLUME II (OF 3)ELLIOTT COUES
This is in accordance with the dictates of caste, inherited from Spain.
MEXICOCHARLES REGINALD ENOCK
Trajan dictates a treaty of peace to Decebalus, the Dacian leader.
THE GREAT EVENTS BY FAMOUS HISTORIANS, VOLUME 03VARIOUS
I smile at the suggestions of my heart, and obey its dictates.
THE SORROWS OF YOUNG WERTHERJ.W. VON GOETHE
In spite of the dictates of humanity, it cannot be eliminated.
AVIATION IN PEACE AND WARSIR FREDERICK HUGH SYKES
The statutes of God are at once the commands of his law and the dictates of his covenant.
THE ORDINANCE OF COVENANTINGJOHN CUNNINGHAM
We are proceeding as passion dictates, not according to code.
THE RECKONINGROBERT W. CHAMBERS
Even now she did not regret having followed the dictates of duty, and remained at home.
FILE NO. 113EMILE GABORIAU
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