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Principle meaning

principle - 9 dictionary results

  1. 1. ( law) an explanation of the fundamental reasons ( especially an explanation of the working of some device in terms of laws of nature); " the rationale for capital punishment"; " the principles of internal- combustion engines"
  2. 2. Beginning; commencement.
  3. 3. A source, or origin; that from which anything proceeds; fundamental substance or energy; primordial substance; ultimate element, or cause.
  4. 4. An original faculty or endowment.
  5. 5. A fundamental truth; a comprehensive law or doctrine, from which others are derived, or on which others are founded; a general truth; an elementary proposition; a maxim; an axiom; a postulate.
  6. 6. A settled rule of action; a governing law of conduct; an opinion or belief which exercises a directing influence on the life and behavior; a rule ( usually, a right rule) of conduct consistently directing one's actions; as, a person of no principle.
  7. 7. Any original inherent constituent which characterizes a substance, or gives it its essential properties, and which can usually be separated by analysis; -- applied especially to drugs, plant extracts, etc.
  8. 8. To equip with principles; to establish, or fix, in certain principles; to impress with any tenet, or rule of conduct, good or ill.
  9. 9. Fundamental doctrine; rule of conduct; faculty of the mind; constituent part.

principle - examples of usage

  1. Some of the most terrible things in history have been done on principle," she concluded. - "Night and Day", Virginia Woolf.
  2. And, for my part, I think the principle a false one. - "America To-day, Observations and Reflections", William Archer.
  3. It's the principle I stand for- pretty near as much as for myself. - "The Devil's Garden", W. B. Maxwell.
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