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principle

prin·ci·ple

principle

 
 
pronunciation:
prIn sih pl
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part of speech: noun
definition: a basic law or belief on which action or behavior is based.
Our country's laws are based on the principles of liberty and justice for all.
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similar words:
belief, law, regulation, rule
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.
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The words principle and principal sound alike but have different meanings.
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