first principle

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first principle

n (usually plural)
1. (Logic) one of the fundamental assumptions on which a particular theory or procedure is thought to be based
2. (Logic) an axiom of a mathematical or scientific theory
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first′ prin′ciple


n.
any axiom, law, or abstraction assumed and regarded as representing the highest possible degree of generalization.
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Noun1.first principle - the elementary stages of any subject (usually plural)first principle - the elementary stages of any subject (usually plural); "he mastered only the rudiments of geometry"
basic principle, fundamental principle, fundamentals, basics, bedrock - principles from which other truths can be derived; "first you must learn the fundamentals"; "let's get down to basics"
plural, plural form - the form of a word that is used to denote more than one
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