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Synonyms for principle

Synonyms for (noun) principle

Synonyms: principle, rationale Definition: (law) an explanation of the fundamental reasons (especially an explanation of the working of some device in terms of laws of nature) Usage: the rationale for capital punishment; the principles of internal-combustion engines

Similar words: explanation Definition: thought that makes something comprehensible

Synonyms: principle Definition: a basic truth or law or assumption Usage: the principles of democracy

Similar words: law, natural law Definition: a rule or body of rules of conduct inherent in human nature and essential to or binding upon human society

Synonyms: principle, rule Definition: a rule or law concerning a natural phenomenon or the function of a complex system Usage: the principle of the conservation of mass; the principle of jet propulsion; the right-hand rule for inductive fields

Similar words: law, law of nature Definition: a generalization that describes recurring facts or events in nature Usage: the laws of thermodynamics

Synonyms: principle, rule Definition: a basic generalization that is accepted as true and that can be used as a basis for reasoning or conduct Usage: their principles of composition characterized all their works

Similar words: generalisation, generality, generalization Definition: an idea or conclusion having general application Usage: he spoke in broad generalities

Synonyms: principle Definition: a rule or standard especially of good behavior Usage: a man of principle; he will not violate his principles

Similar words: value Definition: an ideal accepted by some individual or group Usage: he has old-fashioned values

Synonyms: precept, principle Definition: rule of personal conduct

Similar words: rule, prescript Definition: prescribed guide for conduct or action