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Definition of Principle

Principle

  1. Beginning; commencement.
  2. A source, or origin; that from which anything proceeds; fundamental substance or energy; primordial substance; ultimate element, or cause.
  3. An original faculty or endowment.
  4. A fundamental truth; a comprehensive law or doctrine, from which others are derived, or on which others are founded; a general truth; an elementary proposition; a maxim; an axiom; a postulate.
  5. A settled rule of action; a governing law of conduct; an opinion or belief which exercises a directing influence on the life and behavior; a rule (usually, a right rule) of conduct consistently directing one's actions; as, a person of no principle.
  6. Any original inherent constituent which characterizes a substance, or gives it its essential properties, and which can usually be separated by analysis; -- applied especially to drugs, plant extracts, etc.
  7. To equip with principles; to establish, or fix, in certain principles; to impress with any tenet, or rule of conduct, good or ill.

Principle Quotations

We are all born for love. It is the principle of existence, and its only end.
Benjamin Disraeli

Trust is the glue of life. It's the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It's the foundational principle that holds all relationships.
Stephen Covey

The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool. - Richard P. Feynman
The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool.
Richard P. Feynman

You see, God helps only people who work hard. That principle is very clear.
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

I think what you're seeing is a profound recognition on the part of the American people that gays and lesbians and transgender persons are our brothers, our sisters, our children, our cousins, our friends, our co-workers, and that they've got to be treated like every other American. And I think that principle will win out.
Barack Obama
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Principle Translations

principle in Afrikaans is beginsel
principle in Dutch is principe, beginsel, grondbeginsel
principle in French is principe, maxime
principle in German is Ursache, Grundsatz, Prinzip
principle in Hungarian is alapelv, elv
principle in Italian is principio
principle in Latin is formula
principle in Spanish is maxima, principio
principle in Swedish is princip
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