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Meaning & Definition of Principle in English

English

Principle

/prɪnsəpəl/

noun

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"
    synonym:
  • principle
  • ,
  • rule

2. A rule or standard especially of good behavior

  • "A man of principle"
  • "He will not violate his principles"
    synonym:
  • principle

3. A basic truth or law or assumption

  • "The principles of democracy"
    synonym:
  • principle

4. 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"
    synonym:
  • principle
  • ,
  • rule

5. Rule of personal conduct

    synonym:
  • principle
  • ,
  • precept

6. (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"
    synonym:
  • rationale
  • ,
  • principle

Examples of using

Anybody who once proclaimed violence to be his method, must inexorably choose lie as his principle.
Hope, not fear, is the creative principle in human affairs.
I agree to the proposal in principle.