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Noun: principle  prin-su-pul
  1. A basic generalization that is accepted as true and that can be used as a basis for reasoning or conduct
    "their principles of composition characterized all their works";
    - rule
  2. A rule or standard especially of good behaviour
    "a man of principle"; "he will not violate his principles"
  3. A basic truth, law or assumption
    "the principles of democracy"
  4. A rule or law concerning a natural phenomenon or the function of a complex system
    "the principle of the conservation of mass";
    - rule
  5. Rule of personal conduct
    - precept, maxim
  6. (law) the fundamental reasons or logic behind something; the justification for something
    "the principles of internal-combustion engines";
    - rationale

Sounds like: prince, pnciple, pri

Derived forms: principles

Type of: explanation, generalisation [Brit], generality, generalization, law, law of nature, natural law, prescript, rule, value

Part of: ethic, ethical code

Encyclopedia: Principle