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principle
used in The Adventures of Augie March

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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
  • There was another suit about this when Einhorn tried to claim, throwing away all principle, that the machinery was bolted to the floor, hence real property belonging to him.
    Chapter 7 (11% in)
  • It never occurred to us that she sinned mischievously herself against that convulsed speak-no-evil who hugged his lips with his hands; but no criticism of her came near our minds at any time, much less when the resonance of a great principle filled the whole kitchen.
    Chapter 1 (62% in)
  • ...effective prescriptions in old ways, as we were in dreamed-out or finished visions, that therefore, in the naked form of the human jelly, one should choose or seize with force; one should make strength from disadvantages and make progress by having enemies, being wrathful or terrible; should hammer on the state of being a brother, not be oppressed by it; should have the strength of voice to make other voices fall silent—the same principle for persons as for peoples, parties, states.
    Chapter 10 (28% in)
  • He was not one of those tall men of whom you think that they must come in sections of different mechanical principle, but was not awkward although his posture was loose.
    Chapter 11 (12% in)
  • For God knows there are abandoned and hungry principles enough flowing free and looking for attachment.
    Chapter 12 (3% in)
  • His last thoughts at breakfast sometimes were the next new policy, and this might be to devote himself absolutely to the bottom-most detail or fistful in a business that reckoned by tons; or, again, to skim in the big space of principle only and leave the details to subordinates—as he could do if they, and mainly I, were trustworthy; or to be a Jesuit of money; or to be self-made: that was one of his weakest ideas but it was also persistent.
    Chapter 12 (26% in)
  • And you know you're going to ruin yourself ignoring the reality principle and trying to cheer up the dirty scene.
    Chapter 21 (62% in)

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