Definition of Principle

1. 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"

Exact synonyms: Rule
Generic synonyms: Generalisation, Generality, Generalization
Specialized synonyms: Pillar, Yang, Yin, Feng Shui



2. Noun. A rule or standard especially of good behavior. "He will not violate his principles"

3. Noun. A basic truth or law or assumption. "The principles of democracy"

4. Noun. A rule or law concerning a natural phenomenon or the function of a complex system. "The right-hand rule for inductive fields"

5. Noun. Rule of personal conduct.
Exact synonyms: Precept
Generic synonyms: Prescript, Rule
Specialized synonyms: Higher Law, Moral Principle, Hypothetical Imperative, Caveat Emptor
Group relationships: Ethic, Ethical Code

6. Noun. (law) an explanation of the fundamental reasons (especially an explanation of the working of some device in terms of laws of nature). "The principles of internal-combustion engines"
Exact synonyms: Rationale
Generic synonyms: Explanation
Specialized synonyms: Dialectics
Category relationships: Jurisprudence, Law
Derivative terms: Ratiocinate

Definition of Principle

1. n. Beginning; commencement.

2. v. t. To equip with principles; to establish, or fix, in certain principles; to impress with any tenet, or rule of conduct, good or ill.

Definition of Principle

1. Noun. A fundamental assumption. ¹

2. Noun. A rule used to choose among solutions to a problem. ¹

3. Noun. (usually plural) Moral rule or aspect. ¹

4. Noun. (physics) A rule or law of nature, or the basic idea on how the laws of nature are applied. ¹

5. Noun. A fundamental essence, particularly one producing a given quality. ¹

6. Noun. (obsolete) A beginning. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Principle

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Principle

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principally
principalness
principals
principalship
principalships
principate
principi
principia
principial
principiant
principiation
principiations
principium
principl
principle (current term)
principle of equivalence
principle of least astonishment
principle of least knowledge
principle of liquid displacement
principle of parsimony
principle of relativity
principle of substitutivity
principle of superposition
principle of verifiability
principle of verification
principled
principles
principlism
principlist

Literary usage of Principle

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1. Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant, John Miller Dow Meiklejohn (1899)
"Section I.—Of the Supreme principle of all Analytical Judgments Whatever may be the content of our cognition, and in whatever manner our cognition may be ..."

2. Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant (1901)
"But we shall have also to speak of the principle of analytical judgments, in opposition to synthetical judgments, which is the proper subject of our ..."

3. Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville, Henry Reeve (1900)
"CHAPTER IV THE principle OF THE SOVEREIGNTY OF THE PEOPLE IN AMERICA It predominates over the whole of society in America—Application made of this principle ..."

4. Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville, Henry Reeve, John Canfield Spencer (1848)
"Application made of thii principle by the Americans even before their Resolution. ... The principle of the sovereignty of the people, which is to be found, ..."

5. Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville, Henry Reeve, John Canfield Spencer (1841)
"Application made of this principle by the Americans even before their Revolution ... The principle of the sovereignty of the people, which is to be \ found, ..."

6. Relativity: The Special and General Theory by Albert Einstein (1921)
"... GENERAL principle OF RELATIVITY THE basal principle, which was the pivot of all our previous considerations, was the special principle of relativity, ..."

7. Kant's Kritik of Judgment by Immanuel Kant (1892)
"not because we assume an a priori principle behind this agreement, ... Secondly, there is the Idea of the same as the principle of the subjective ..."

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