principle


principle
I (axiom) noun accepted belief, adage, admitted maxim, article of belief, article of faith, assertion, assurance, basic doctrine, basic law, basic rule, basic truth, belief, canon, conviction, credo, declaration of faith, decretum, doctrine, dogma, established rule, form, formula, formulated belief, foundation, fundamental doctrine, fundamental law, fundamental rule, gospel, institution, instruction, intuitive truth, law, law of conduct, maxim, model, philosophy, policy, position, postulate, postulate of reason, precept, professed belief, profession of faith, proposition, provision, received maxim, recognized maxim, reguia, regulation, reliance on, rubric, rule, rule of action, sage maxim, self-evident proposition, self-evident truth, settled principle, standard, statement of belief, statement of position, tenet, theorem, truism, way of thinking associated concepts: equitable principle, legal principle foreign phrases:
- Principle data sequuntur concomitantia. — Given principles are followed by their concomitants
- Principia probant, non probantur. — Principles prove, they are not proved
- Unumquodque principiorum est sibimetipsi fides; et perspicua vera non sunt probanda. — Every general principle is its own evidence, and plain truths need not be proved
II (virtue) noun character, conviction, ethics, goodness, honesty, honor, honorableness, incorruptibility, integritas, integrity, justice, moral excellence, moral rectitude, morality, nobleness, probity, rectitude, righteousness, rightfulness, scrupulousness, trustworthiness, truth, uprightness, virtuousness III index article (precept), basis, belief (something believed), color (complexion), conscience, consequence (significance), conviction (persuasion), cornerstone, corpus, criterion, doctrine, dogma, generality (vague statement), ground, honor (good reputation), integrity, law, maxim, precept, prescription (directive), probity, reason (basis), rectitude, right (righteousness), rule (legal dictate), substance (essential nature), thesis, veracity

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


principle
n.
A fundamental truth, especially a moral truth, that serves as a basis for action; a rule of action or procedure.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


principle
A fundamental, well-settled rule of law. A basic truth or undisputed legal doctrine; a given legal proposition that is clear and does not need to be proved.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


principle
A fundamental, well-settled rule of law. A basic truth or undisputed legal doctrine; a given legal proposition that is clear and does not need to be proved.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

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  • principle — prin‧ci‧ple [ˈprɪnspl] noun 1. [countable, uncountable] a moral rule or set of ideas that makes you behave in a particular way: • The single European market works on market principles. • As a matter of principle (= a rule that is very important …   Financial and business terms

  • principle — principle, axiom, fundamental, law, theorem are comparable when they denote a proposition or other formulation stating a fact or a generalization accepted as true and basic. Principle applies to a generalization that provides a basis for… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Principle — Prin ci*ple, n. [F. principe, L. principium beginning, foundation, fr. princeps, cipis. See {Prince}.] 1. Beginning; commencement. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Doubting sad end of principle unsound. Spenser. [1913 Webster] 2. A source, or origin; that… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • principle — [prin′sə pəl] n. [ME, altered < MFr principe < L principium: see PRINCIPIUM] 1. the ultimate source, origin, or cause of something 2. a natural or original tendency, faculty, or endowment 3. a fundamental truth, law, doctrine, or motivating …   English World dictionary

  • principle — ► NOUN 1) a fundamental truth or proposition serving as the foundation for belief or action. 2) a rule or belief governing one s personal behaviour. 3) morally correct behaviour and attitudes. 4) a general scientific theorem or natural law. 5) a… …   English terms dictionary

  • principle — late 14c., fundamental truth or proposition, from Anglo Fr. principle, O.Fr. principe, from L. principium (plural principia) a beginning, first part, from princeps (see PRINCE (Cf. prince)). Meaning origin, source is attested from early 15c.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • principle — [n1] law, standard assumption, axiom, basis, canon, convention, criterion, dictum, doctrine, dogma, ethic, form, formula, foundation, fundamental, golden rule*, ground, maxim, origin, postulate, precept, prescript, principium, proposition,… …   New thesaurus

  • Principle — Prin ci*ple, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Principled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Principling}.] To equip with principles; to establish, or fix, in certain principles; to impress with any tenet, or rule of conduct, good or ill. [1913 Webster] Governors should be… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • principle — /prin seuh peuhl/, n. 1. an accepted or professed rule of action or conduct: a person of good moral principles. 2. a fundamental, primary, or general law or truth from which others are derived: the principles of modern physics. 3. a fundamental… …   Universalium

  • principle — noun 1 basic general rule ADJECTIVE ▪ basic, broad, central, fundamental, general, underlying ▪ the basic principles of car maintenance ▪ b …   Collocations dictionary


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