Definitions for principleˈprɪn sə pəl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

prin•ci•ple*ˈprɪn sə pəl(n.)

  1. an accepted or professed rule of action or conduct.

  2. a fundamental law, axiom, or doctrine:

    the principles of physics.

  3. principles, a personal or specific basis of conduct or management:

    to adhere to one's principles.

  4. a guiding sense of the requirements and obligations of right conduct:

    a person of principle.

  5. a rule or law exemplified in natural phenomena, the operation of a machine, or the like:

    the principle of capillary attraction.

  6. the method of formation, operation, or procedure exhibited in a given instance:

    a family organized on the patriarchal principle.

  7. a determining characteristic of something; essential quality.

  8. an originating or actuating agency or force:

    Growth is the principle of life.

  9. Chem. a constituent of a substance, esp. one giving to it some distinctive quality or effect.

Idioms for principle:

  1. in principle,in essence; fundamentally.

    Category: Idiom

  2. on principle, according to rules for right and moral conduct. according to habit or self-imposed regulations.

    Category: Idiom

* Usage: See principal.

Origin of principle:

1350–1400; ME, alter. of MF principe or L prīncipium

Princeton's WordNet

  1. principle, rule(noun)

    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"

  2. principle(noun)

    a rule or standard especially of good behavior

    "a man of principle"; "he will not violate his principles"

  3. principle(noun)

    a basic truth or law or assumption

    "the principles of democracy"

  4. principle, rule(noun)

    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"

  5. principle, precept(noun)

    rule of personal conduct

  6. rationale, principle(noun)

    (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

  1. 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.

  2. principleˈprɪn sə pəl

    because of what you believe to be right

    He refused to go to the meeting on principle.

  3. 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.

  4. principleˈprɪn sə pəl

    considering sth on the most basic level

    In principle the plan seems like a reasonable option.

Wiktionary

  1. principle(Noun)

    A fundamental assumption.

    We need some sort of principles to reason from.

  2. principle(Noun)

    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.

  3. principle(Noun)

    Moral rule or aspect.

  4. principle(Noun)

    A rule or law of nature, or the basic idea on how the laws of nature are applied.

  5. principle(Noun)

    A fundamental essence, particularly one producing a given quality.

  6. principle(Noun)

    A beginning.

    Doubting sad end of principle unsound. uE000115793uE001 Spenser.

  7. Origin: From principe, from principium, from princeps; see prince.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Principle(noun)

    beginning; commencement

  2. Principle(noun)

    a source, or origin; that from which anything proceeds; fundamental substance or energy; primordial substance; ultimate element, or cause

  3. Principle(noun)

    an original faculty or endowment

  4. Principle(noun)

    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

  5. Principle(noun)

    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

  6. Principle(noun)

    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

  7. Principle(verb)

    to equip with principles; to establish, or fix, in certain principles; to impress with any tenet, or rule of conduct, good or ill

Freebase

  1. Principle

    A principle is a law or rule that has to be, or usually is to be followed, or can be desirably followed, or is an inevitable consequence of something, such as the laws observed in nature or the way that a system is constructed. The principles of such a system are understood by its users as the essential characteristics of the system, or reflecting system's designed purpose, and the effective operation or use of which would be impossible if any one of the principles was to be ignored. Examples of principles: ⁕a descriptive comprehensive and fundamental law, doctrine, or assumption, ⁕a normative rule or code of conduct, ⁕a law or fact of nature underlying the working of an artificial device.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. principle

    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.)

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'principle' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1242

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'principle' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1908

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'principle' in Nouns Frequency: #303


Translations for principle

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

principle(noun)

a general truth, rule or law

the principle of gravity.

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