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prin·ci·ple

 (prĭn′sə-pəl)
n.
1. A basic truth, law, or assumption: the principles of democracy.
2.
a. A rule or standard, especially of good behavior: a man of principle.
b. The collectivity of moral or ethical standards or judgments: a decision based on principle rather than expediency.
3. A fixed or predetermined policy or mode of action.
4. A basic or essential quality or element determining intrinsic nature or characteristic behavior: the principle of self-preservation.
5. A rule or law concerning the functioning of natural phenomena or mechanical processes: the principle of jet propulsion.
6. Chemistry One of the elements that compose a substance, especially one that gives some special quality or effect.
7. A basic source. See Usage Note at principal.
Idioms:
in principle
With regard to the basics: an idea that is acceptable in principle.
on principle
According to or because of principle.

[Middle English, alteration of Old French principe, from Latin prīncipium, from prīnceps, prīncip-, leader, emperor; see per in Indo-European roots.]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.in principle - with regard to fundamentals although not concerning details; "in principle, we agree"
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Translations
مِن حَيْثُ المَبْدأ
v podstatě
i princippet
elvben
í grundvallaratriîum
geneldeilke olarak

principle

(ˈprinsəpəl) noun
1. a general truth, rule or law. the principle of gravity.
2. the theory by which a machine etc works. the principle of the jet engine.
ˈprinciples noun plural
one's own personal rules or standards of behaviour. It is against my principles to borrow money.
in principle
in general, as opposed to in detail.
on principle
because of one's principles. I never borrow money, on principle.

high moral principles (not principals).
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.
References in periodicals archive ?
Here are Buddhist meditation principles which are nondenominational in principle and presentation to appeal to a wide audience.
The social and natural worlds may ultimately not be fully known or knowable, perhaps not merely even to human beings but even in principle. But rather than dwell on the anxiety this may cause and seek to fashion comprehensive ideologies and forms of identity that regard all difference as a threat, why not strive to cultivate within others and most especially ourselves a capacity to take joy in the multitudes we as individuals and groups contain?
It also commands that humanity "adopt patterns of production, consumption, and reproduction that safeguard Earth's regenerative capacities, human rights, and community wellbeing." This directive would require, in principle, abolishing property rights, and even the right to life, where the "greater good" of the "community of life" requires it.