Definitions for principle

Definitions for (noun) principle

Main entry: 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

Main entry: principle

Definition: a basic truth or law or assumption

Usage: the principles of democracy

Main entry: 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

Main entry: 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

Main entry: principle

Definition: a rule or standard especially of good behavior

Usage: a man of principle; he will not violate his principles

Main entry: precept, principle

Definition: rule of personal conduct

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