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  Definition of principle
  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. a basic truth or law or assumption; "the principles of democracy"
  3. 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"
  4. 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"
  5. a rule or standard especially of good behavior; "a man of principle"; "he will not violate his principles"
  6. rule of personal conduct
Similar Words: rationale, rule, precept

 

Hyponyms: dialectics, dictate, fundamentals, basics, fundamental principle, basic principle, bedrock, logic, pleasure principle, pleasure-pain principle, pleasure-unpleasure principle, reality principle, conservation, Tao, Gestalt law of organization, Gestalt principle of organization, Le Chatelier's principle, Le Chatelier's law, Le Chatelier principle, Le Chatelier-Braun principle, Gresham's Law, mass-energy equivalence, Naegele's rule, Occam's Razor, Ockham's Razor, principle of parsimony, law of parsimony, principle of equivalence, principle of liquid displacement, principle of superposition, Huygens' principle of superposition, superposition principle, superposition, mass-action principle, mass action, localization of function, localisation of function, localization principle, localisation principle, localization, localisation, pillar, yang, yin, feng shui, accounting principle, accounting standard, chivalry, ethic, moral principle, value-system, value orientation, Hellenism, legal principle, judicial principle, judicial doctrine, scruple, higher law, hypothetical imperative, caveat emptor

 

Part Meronyms: ethic, ethical code

 

Derivational Morphology: ratiocinate

 

Language Translations:
Chinese: 原則   Dutch: principe  
Finnish: perusoletus   French: principe  
German: Prinzip   Greek: αρχή  
Hungarian: elv   Italian: principio  
Japanese: 主義   Korean: 원리  
Portuguese: princípio   Russian: принцип  
Spanish: principio   Swedish: princip  
 
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