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principle

prin·ci·ple

principle

 
 
pronunciation:
prIn sih pl
phrases:
in principle, on principle
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a law, doctrine, or assumption on which action or behavior is based.
Are these laws based on the principles of liberty and justice for all citizens?
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synonyms:
doctrine, precept
similar words:
assumption, belief, canon, creed, dictate, dogma, ideal, law, maxim, regulation, rule, tenet
definition 2: (pl.) a personal code of behavior or morality.
They are ruthless and have no principles.
synonyms:
ethics, morality, morals, standards
similar words:
ideals, propriety, rectitude, righteousness
definition 3: an inherent sense of morality that directs or restrains actions.
A person of principle can't always comply with an unjust law.
synonyms:
character, honor, integrity, morality, morals, rectitude
similar words:
conscience, dignity, probity, propriety, uprightness
definition 4: a law or rule that is presupposed or scientifically proven.
The engine's designers well understood the principles of internal combustion.
synonyms:
element, law
similar words:
assumption, basic, basis, canon, fundamental, precept, premise, rudiment, rule, theorem, truth
phrase: in principle
phrase: on principle
principle or principal?
Principle is a noun that means a basic idea or belief. Principal is an adjective that means main or most important. It is also a noun that refers to the person in charge of a school.
Compare:
  • A principle of democracy is One person, one vote.
  • His principal responsibility at work is sorting the mail.
  • The principal made an announcement to the students.
Homophone Note
The words principle and principal sound alike but have different meanings.
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