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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

At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.
Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson Quote
In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.
Thomas Jefferson

The virtues, like the Muses, are always seen in groups. A good principle was never found solitary in any breast.
Buddha

Prosperity is the best protector of principle.
Mark Twain
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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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