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principle

principle as in 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"

Synonyms

  • ruleexercise authority over; decide with authority; be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importance; decide on and make a declaration about; have an affinity with; mark or draw with a ruler; keep in check; a principle or condition that customarily governs behavior; something regarded as a normative example; prescribed guide for conduct or action ; (linguistics) a rule describing (or prescribing) a linguistic practice ; a basic generalization that is accepted as true and that can be used as a basis for reasoning or conduct; the duration of a monarch's or government's power; dominance or power through legal authority; directions that define the way a game or sport is to be conducted; any one of a systematic body of regulations defining the way of life of members of a religious order; a rule or law concerning a natural phenomenon or the function of a complex system; (mathematics) a standard procedure for solving a class of mathematical problems; measuring stick consisting of a strip of wood or metal or plastic with a straight edge that is used for drawing straight lines and measuring lengths
principle as in a rule or standard especially of good behavior
  • "a man of principle"
  • "he will not violate his principles"
principle as in a basic truth or law or assumption
  • "the principles of democracy"
principle as in 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"

Synonyms

  • ruleexercise authority over; decide with authority; be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importance; decide on and make a declaration about; have an affinity with; mark or draw with a ruler; keep in check; a principle or condition that customarily governs behavior; something regarded as a normative example; prescribed guide for conduct or action ; (linguistics) a rule describing (or prescribing) a linguistic practice ; a basic generalization that is accepted as true and that can be used as a basis for reasoning or conduct; the duration of a monarch's or government's power; dominance or power through legal authority; directions that define the way a game or sport is to be conducted; any one of a systematic body of regulations defining the way of life of members of a religious order; a rule or law concerning a natural phenomenon or the function of a complex system; (mathematics) a standard procedure for solving a class of mathematical problems; measuring stick consisting of a strip of wood or metal or plastic with a straight edge that is used for drawing straight lines and measuring lengths
principle as in rule of personal conduct

    Synonyms

    • preceptrule of personal conduct ; a doctrine that is taught
    principle as in (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"

    Synonyms

    • rationale(law) an explanation of the fundamental reasons (especially an explanation of the working of some device in terms of laws of nature)