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Definitions of principle

  1. To establish in principles: to impress with a doctrine. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  2. To impress with any tenet; to establish firmly in the mind. See Prince. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  3. To establish firmly in the mind. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  4. a basic truth or law or assumption; "the principles of democracy" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. a rule or standard especially of good behavior; "a man of principle"; "he will not violate his principles" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. (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" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  8. A source, or origin; that from which anything proceeds; fundamental substance or energy; primordial substance; ultimate element, or cause. Newage Dictionary DB
  9. An original faculty or endowment. Newage Dictionary DB
  10. A fundamental truth; a comprehensive law or doctrine, from which others are derived, or on which others are founded; a general truth; an elementary proposition; a maxim; an axiom; a postulate. Newage Dictionary DB
  11. A settled rule of action; a governing law of conduct; an opinion or belief which exercises a directing influence on the life and behavior; a rule (usually, a right rule) of conduct consistently directing one's actions; as, a person of no principle. Newage Dictionary DB
  12. Any original inherent constituent which characterizes a substance, or gives it its essential properties, and which can usually be separated by analysis; -- applied especially to drugs, plant extracts, etc. Newage Dictionary DB
  13. To equip with principles; to establish, or fix, in certain principles; to impress with any tenet, or rule of conduct, good or ill. Newage Dictionary DB
  14. A source or cause; a settled rule or law of conduct; a truth which is general and fundamental; as, the principles of government; reason; uprightness. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  15. A fundamental truth: a law or doctrine from which others are derived: an original faculty of the mind: a settled rule of action: (chem.) a constituent part. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  16. A cause; essence. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  17. A general truth; rule of action, especially of right action. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  18. The source or origin of anything; clement; constituent or component part; an axiom or accepted truth; ground or reason; a general truth or law comprehending many subordinate one's; tenet or doctrine; a settled law or rule of action; action rightly motived. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  19. The cause, source, or origin of anything; an element; ground of action; motive; a constituent part; a fundamental truth; a law comprehending many subordinate truths; a settled law or rule of conduct or action; a tenet or doctrine. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for principle

  1. Ernest knew exactly how it would strike Miss Ironsyde; but he also knew that many people without principle would view it as reasonable. – The Spinners by Eden Phillpotts
  2. His mother- in- law he respected, as one might respect a principle – The Patrician by John Galsworthy
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