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The Definition of - principles (noun)

    noun
    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 doctrine or tenet; a distinctive ruling opinion:
    the principles of the Stoics.
    4.
    principles, a personal or specific basis of conduct or management:
    to adhere to one's principles; a kindergarten run on modern principles.
    5.
    guiding sense of the requirements and obligations of right conduct:
    a person of principle.
    6.
    an adopted rule or method for application in action:
    a working principle for general use.
    7.
    a rule or law exemplified in natural phenomena, the construction or operation of a machine, the working of a system, or the like:
    the principle of capillary attraction.
    8.
    the method of formation, operation, or procedure exhibited in a given case:
    a community organized on the patriarchal principle.
    9.
    a determining characteristic of something; essential quality.
    10.
    an originating or actuating agency or force:
    growth is the principle of life.
    11.
    an actuating agency in the mind or character, as an instinct, faculty, or natural tendency:
    the principles of human behavior.
    12.
    Chemistry. a constituent of a substance, especially one giving to it some distinctive quality or effect.
    13.
    Obsolete. beginning or commencement.
    Idioms
    14.
    in principle, in essence or substance; fundamentally:
    to accept a plan in principle.
    15.
    on principle,
    1. according to personal rules for right conduct; as a matter of moral principle:
      He refused on principle to agree to the terms of the treaty.
    2. according to a fixed rule, method, or practice:
      He drank hot milk every night on principle.

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