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principle
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Definition
a basic rule or belief
The exact meaning of principle can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "our guiding principles" — basic moral beliefs that guide decisions and behavior
  • "electromagnetic principles" — rules describing how the world works
  • "She lacks principles." — lacks moral guidelines
  • "We agree in principle." — about important basic beliefs
  • You will have observed that I have acted on that principle.
    Chapter 11 (36% in)
  • CHAPTER VI Mrs. Penniman even took for granted at times that other people had as much imagination as herself; so that when, half an hour later, her brother came in, she addressed him quite on this principle.
    Chapter 6 (1% in)
  • There passed through Morris Townsend's mind a rapid wonder as to what he might, even under a remote contingency, be indebted to from the action of this principle in Dr. Sloper's breast, and the inquiry exhausted itself in his sense of the ludicrous.
    Chapter 16 (55% in)
  • Yes, but you see that on that principle Catherine has duties to him as well.
    Chapter 16 (57% in)

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