What does principle mean?

Definitions for principle
ˈprɪn sə pəlprin·ci·ple

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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"

Wiktionary

  1. principle(Noun)

    A fundamental assumption.

    We need some sort of principles to reason from.

    Etymology: From principe, from principium, from princeps; see prince.

  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.

    Etymology: From principe, from principium, from princeps; see prince.

  3. principle(Noun)

    Moral rule or aspect.

    Etymology: From principe, from principium, from princeps; see prince.

  4. principle(Noun)

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

    Etymology: From principe, from principium, from princeps; see prince.

  5. principle(Noun)

    A fundamental essence, particularly one producing a given quality.

    Etymology: From principe, from principium, from princeps; see prince.

  6. principle(Noun)

    A beginning.

    Doubting sad end of principle unsound. uE000115793uE001 Spenser.

    Etymology: From principe, from principium, from princeps; see prince.

Wikipedia

  1. Principle

    A principle is a proposition or value that is a guide for behavior or evaluation. In law, it is a 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. A system may be explicitly based on and implemented from a document of principles as was done in IBM's 360/370 Principles of Operation. Examples of principles are, entropy in a number of fields, least action in physics, those in descriptive comprehensive and fundamental law: doctrines or assumptions forming normative rules of conduct, separation of church and state in statecraft, the central dogma of molecular biology, fairness in ethics, etc. In common English, it is a substantive and collective term referring to rule governance, the absence of which, being "unprincipled", is considered a character defect. It may also be used to declare that a reality has diverged from some ideal or norm as when something is said to be true only "in principle" but not in fact.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Principle(noun)

    beginning; commencement

    Etymology: [F. principe, L. principium beginning, foundation, fr. princeps, -cipis. See Prince.]

  2. Principle(noun)

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

    Etymology: [F. principe, L. principium beginning, foundation, fr. princeps, -cipis. See Prince.]

  3. Principle(noun)

    an original faculty or endowment

    Etymology: [F. principe, L. principium beginning, foundation, fr. princeps, -cipis. See Prince.]

  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

    Etymology: [F. principe, L. principium beginning, foundation, fr. princeps, -cipis. See Prince.]

  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

    Etymology: [F. principe, L. principium beginning, foundation, fr. princeps, -cipis. See Prince.]

  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

    Etymology: [F. principe, L. principium beginning, foundation, fr. princeps, -cipis. See Prince.]

  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

    Etymology: [F. principe, L. principium beginning, foundation, fr. princeps, -cipis. See Prince.]

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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Principle

    prin′si-pl, n. a fundamental truth on which others are founded or from which they spring: a law or doctrine from which others are derived: an original faculty of the mind: a settled rule of action: (chem.) a constituent part: (obs.) a beginning.—v.t. to establish in principles: to impress with a doctrine.—adj. Prin′cipled, holding certain principles.—Principle of contradiction, the logical principle that a thing cannot both be and not be; Principle of excluded middle (logic), the principle that a thing must be either one thing or its contradictory; Principle of sufficient reason (see Reason).—First principle, a very general principle not deducible from others. [L. principium, beginning—princeps.]

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.)

Editors Contribution

  1. principle

    A perfect universal truth or law.

    The universe has some basic principles e.g. we are all from the same creator.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 31, 2019  
  2. principle

    A person, business, company, enterprise, organization, unity assembly, unity council, unity legislature, unity senate, unity government, house of representatives, local unity government, regional unity government, national unity government, european unity government or international unity government with the official obligation or contract to provide a service, commodities, goods or products.

    The principle contractor provided a portion of the services, a portion are subcontracted to other service providers.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 28, 2020  
  3. principle

    A rule of personal conduct.

    They were a couple of principles which they valued and respected together.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 31, 2019  

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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of principle in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of principle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of principle in a Sentence

  1. James Webb:

    Where principle is involved, be deaf to expediency.

  2. Naga Kunadi:

    But my principle has always been when I converted to Islam, I'm still Chinese.

  3. Quentin Crisp:

    Life is a game in which the rules are constantly changing; nothing spoils a game more than those who take it seriously. Adultery? Phooey! You should never subjugate yourself to another nor seek the subjugation of someone else to yourself. If you follow that Crispian principle you will be able to say Phooey, too, instead of reaching for your gun when you fancy yourself betrayed.

  4. Karl Popper:

    Philosophers should consider the fact that the greatest happiness principle can easily be made an excuse for a benevolent dictatorship. We should replace it by a more modest and more realistic principle - the principle that the fight against avoidable misery should be a recognized aim of public policy, while the increase of happiness should be left, in the main, to private initiative.

  5. Dr Homer:

    The fundamental principle is that under every brown eye is a blue eye, the only difference between a brown eye and a blue eye is this very thin layer of pigment on the surface. Bright like the sky.

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