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1. principle

noun. ['ˈprɪnsəpəl'] a basic generalization that is accepted as true and that can be used as a basis for reasoning or conduct.

Synonyms

  • generalisation
  • yang
  • yin
  • generality
  • pillar
  • rule
  • feng shui

Antonyms

  • yin
  • black
  • light
  • white

Etymology

  • principe (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • principium (Latin)

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Words that Rhyme with Principle

  • subprincipal
  • principal

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A common misspelling of principle is priciple

Example sentences of the word principle


1. Noun, singular or mass
It works on the same principle as the 360 degrees of a circle.

Quotes containing the word principle


1. The principle of art is to pause, not bypass.
- Jerzy Kosinski

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

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

2. principle

noun. ['ˈprɪnsəpəl'] a rule or standard especially of good behavior.

Synonyms

  • accounting principle
  • chivalry
  • moral principle
  • value orientation
  • value
  • legal principle
  • judicial principle
  • scruple
  • judicial doctrine
  • value-system
  • Hellenism
  • ethic
  • accounting standard

Antonyms

  • dark
  • underestimate
  • undervalue
  • overestimate

Etymology

  • principe (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • principium (Latin)

3. principle

noun. ['ˈprɪnsəpəl'] a basic truth or law or assumption.

Synonyms

  • basics
  • pleasure-unpleasure principle
  • bedrock
  • insurrectionism
  • dictate
  • fundamental principle
  • basic principle
  • Tao
  • fundamentals
  • conservation
  • natural law
  • pleasure principle
  • pleasure-pain principle
  • law
  • reality principle

Antonyms

  • reality principle
  • importance
  • unimportance
  • worthlessness

Etymology

  • principe (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • principium (Latin)

4. principle

noun. ['ˈprɪnsəpəl'] a rule or law concerning a natural phenomenon or the function of a complex system.

Synonyms

  • Gresham's Law
  • Le Chatelier's law
  • law of parsimony
  • superposition principle
  • localization
  • law of nature
  • Le Chatelier's principle
  • Le Chatelier principle
  • principle of superposition
  • Occam's Razor
  • principle of liquid displacement
  • superposition
  • mass-action principle
  • localisation of function
  • law
  • Gestalt principle of organization
  • Gestalt law of organization
  • Naegele's rule
  • Ockham's Razor
  • principle of parsimony
  • localization principle
  • mass action
  • localization of function
  • Le Chatelier-Braun principle
  • principle of equivalence
  • localisation principle
  • localisation
  • mass-energy equivalence
  • rule

Antonyms

  • disesteem
  • disrespect
  • look down on
  • lightness

Etymology

  • principe (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • principium (Latin)

5. principle

noun. ['ˈprɪnsəpəl'] (law) an explanation of the fundamental reasons (especially an explanation of the working of some device in terms of laws of nature).

Synonyms

  • rationale
  • explanation

Antonyms

  • civil law
  • international law
  • discourtesy

Etymology

  • principe (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • principium (Latin)

6. principle

noun. ['ˈprɪnsəpəl'] rule of personal conduct.

Synonyms

  • caveat emptor
  • higher law
  • ethic
  • moral principle
  • ethical code
  • precept
  • prescript
  • rule

Antonyms

  • particularity
  • specific
  • individuality
  • nonspecific

Etymology

  • principe (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • principium (Latin)
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