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principle
used in Babbitt

9 uses
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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
  • Besides, Stan—Matter o' fact, Thompson and I are against bonuses, as a matter of principle.
    Chapter 6 (16% in)
  • It was only when they attacked the sacred purse that he was frightened into fury, but then, being a man given to oratory and high principles, he enjoyed the sound of his own vocabulary and the warmth of his own virtue.
    Chapter 6 (19% in)
  • By the secret principles of a Newly Discovered System of Music Teaching, any one—man, lady or child—can, without tiresome exercises, special training or long drawn out study, and without waste of time, money or energy, learn to play by note, piano, banjo, cornet, clarinet, saxophone, violin or drum, and learn sight-singing.
    Chapter 6 (68% in)
  • And maybe this new principle in education-at-home may be another—may be another factor.
    Chapter 6 (77% in)
  • "Course I believe in it on principle, but I don't propose to have anybody telling me what I got to think and do.
    Chapter 8 (71% in)
  • When we've assimilated the foreigners we got here now and learned 'em the principles of Americanism and turned 'em into regular folks, why then maybe we'll let in a few more."
    Chapter 10 (92% in)
  • "Ethics of the business-broker ought to strictly represent his principles and not get in on the buying," he said to Thompson.
    Chapter 19 (6% in)
  • I believe the highest type of Service, like the most progressive tenets of ethics, senses unceasingly and is motived by active adherence and loyalty to that which is the essential principle of Boosterism—Good Citizenship in all its factors and aspects.
    Chapter 21 (27% in)
  • At the delicatessen he bought preposterous stores of food, chosen on the principle of expensiveness.
    Chapter 28 (86% in)

There are no more uses of "principle" in Babbitt.

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