principle meaning

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principle noun
1. (generalization) a basic generalization that is accepted as true and that can be used as a basis for reasoning or conduct
Related: rule
  • "their principles of composition characterized all their works"
2. (value) a rule or standard especially of good behavior
  • "a man of principle"
  • "he will not violate his principles"
3. (law) a basic truth or law or assumption
  • "the principles of democracy"
4. (law) a rule or law concerning a natural phenomenon or the function of a complex system
Related: rule
  • "the principle of the conservation of mass"
  • "the principle of jet propulsion"
  • "the right-hand rule for inductive fields"
5. (rule) rule of personal conduct
Related: precept
rationale noun
1. (explanation) (law) an explanation of the fundamental reasons (especially an explanation of the working of some device in terms of laws of nature)
Related: principle
  • "the rationale for capital punishment"
  • "the principles of internal-combustion engines"
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