Definitions for principleˈprɪn sə pəl
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
prin•ci•ple*ˈprɪn sə pəl(n.)
an accepted or professed rule of action or conduct.
a fundamental law, axiom, or doctrine:
the principles of physics.
principles, a personal or specific basis of conduct or management:
to adhere to one's principles.
a guiding sense of the requirements and obligations of right conduct:
a person of principle.
a rule or law exemplified in natural phenomena, the operation of a machine, or the like:
the principle of capillary attraction.
the method of formation, operation, or procedure exhibited in a given instance:
a family organized on the patriarchal principle.
a determining characteristic of something; essential quality.
an originating or actuating agency or force:
Growth is the principle of life.
Chem. a constituent of a substance, esp. one giving to it some distinctive quality or effect.
Idioms for principle:
in principle,in essence; fundamentally.
on principle, according to rules for right and moral conduct. according to habit or self-imposed regulations.
* Usage: See principal.
Origin of principle:
1350–1400; ME, alter. of MF principe or L prīncipium
a basic generalization that is accepted as true and that can be used as a basis for reasoning or conduct
"their principles of composition characterized all their works"
a rule or standard especially of good behavior
"a man of principle"; "he will not violate his principles"
a basic truth or law or assumption
"the principles of democracy"
a rule or law concerning a natural phenomenon or the function of a complex system
"the principle of the conservation of mass"; "the principle of jet propulsion"; "the right-hand rule for inductive fields"
rule of personal conduct
(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"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
principle(noun)ˈprɪn sə pəl
a belief that sb thinks is important and right
He has very strict principles.; It's a matter of principle.; Eating meat is against her principles.
principleˈprɪn sə pəl
because of what you believe to be right
He refused to go to the meeting on principle.
principleˈprɪn sə pəl
a theory or rule about how sth happens or works
It works on the principle that the gas used is lighter than air.
principleˈprɪn sə pəl
considering sth on the most basic level
In principle the plan seems like a reasonable option.
A fundamental assumption.
We need some sort of principles to reason from.
A rule used to choose among solutions to a problem.
The principle of least privilege holds that a process should only receive the permissions it needs.
Moral rule or aspect.
A rule or law of nature, or the basic idea on how the laws of nature are applied.
A fundamental essence, particularly one producing a given quality.
Doubting sad end of principle unsound. uE000115793uE001 Spenser.
Origin: From principe, from principium, from princeps; see prince.
a source, or origin; that from which anything proceeds; fundamental substance or energy; primordial substance; ultimate element, or cause
an original faculty or endowment
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
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
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
to equip with principles; to establish, or fix, in certain principles; to impress with any tenet, or rule of conduct, good or ill
The Roycroft Dictionary
1. Bait. 2. A formula for doing a thing that, unformulated, would land the doer in jail. (Must not be confused with the word _principal_. Both words are used correctly in the following sentence: One may live one's life without principle, but not without principal. Or, again, Principle is sometimes principal; but principal has no principle. Or, The principal was never paid on principle.)
Translations for principle
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
a general truth, rule or law
the principle of gravity.
- princípioPortuguese (BR)
- princip, zákonCzech
- das GesetzGerman
- princip; læresætningDanish
- αρχή, νόμοςGreek
- printsiip, seadusEstonian
- grundvallaratriði; lögmálIcelandic
- dėsnis, principasLithuanian
- princips; likumsLatvian
- prinsipp, grunnsetning, lovNorwegian
- princíp, zákonSlovak
- princip, grundsats, lagSwedish
- 原則Chinese (Trad.)
- правило; законUkrainian
- اصول، قانونUrdu
- nguyên lýVietnamese
- 原则Chinese (Simp.)
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