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Definition 1: a basic truth or law or assumption - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where principle or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the principles of democracy

(principle is a kind of ...) a rule or body of rules of conduct inherent in human nature and essential to or binding upon human society

(... is a kind of principle ) a guiding principle

"the dictates of reason"

(... is a kind of principle ) principles from which other truths can be derived

"first you must learn the fundamentals" "let's get down to basics"

(... is a kind of principle ) the principles that guide reasoning within a given field or situation

"economic logic requires it" "by the logic of war"

(... is a kind of principle ) (psychoanalysis) the governing principle of the id; the principle that an infant seeks gratification and fails to distinguish fantasy from reality

(... is a kind of principle ) (psychoanalysis) the governing principle of the ego; the principle that as a child grows it becomes aware of the real environment and the need to accommodate to it

(... is a kind of principle ) the principle of revolt against constituted authority

(... is a kind of principle ) (physics) the maintenance of a certain quantities unchanged during chemical reactions or physical transformations

(... is a kind of principle ) the ultimate principle of the universe

Definition 2: a rule or standard especially of good behavior - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where principle or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a man of principle
  • he will not violate his principles

(principle is a kind of ...) an ideal accepted by some individual or group

"he has old-fashioned values"

(... is a kind of principle ) a principle that governs current accounting practice and that is used as a reference to determine the appropriate treatment of complex transactions

(... is a kind of principle ) the medieval principles governing knighthood and knightly conduct

(... is a kind of principle ) the principles of right and wrong that are accepted by an individual or a social group

"the Puritan ethic" "a person with old-fashioned values"

(... is a kind of principle ) the principles and ideals associated with classical Greek civilization

(... is a kind of principle ) (law) a principle underlying the formulation of jurisprudence

(... is a kind of principle ) an ethical or moral principle that inhibits action

Definition 3: (law) an explanation of the fundamental reasons (especially an explanation of the working of some device in terms of laws of nature) - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where principle or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the rationale for capital punishment
  • the principles of internal-combustion engines

Synonyms for principle in the sense of this definition

(principle is a kind of ...) thought that makes something comprehensible

(... is a kind of principle ) a rationale for dialectical materialism based on change through the conflict of opposing forces

(principle belongs to category ...) the collection of rules imposed by authority

"civilization presupposes respect for the law" "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"

Definition 4: a basic generalization that is accepted as true and that can be used as a basis for reasoning or conduct - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where principle or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • their principles of composition characterized all their works

Synonyms for principle in the sense of this definition

(principle is a kind of ...) an idea or conclusion having general application

"he spoke in broad generalities"

(... is a kind of principle ) a fundamental principle or practice

"science eroded the pillars of superstition"

(... is a kind of principle ) the bright positive masculine principle in Chinese dualistic cosmology

"yin and yang together produce everything that comes into existence"

(... is a kind of principle ) the dark negative feminine principle in Chinese dualistic cosmology

"the interaction of yin and yang maintains the harmony of the universe"

(... is a kind of principle ) rules in Chinese philosophy that govern spatial arrangement and orientation in relation to patterns of yin and yang and the flow of energy (qi); the favorable or unfavorable effects are taken into consideration in designing and siting buildings and graves and furniture

Definition 5: a rule or law concerning a natural phenomenon or the function of a complex system - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where principle or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the principle of the conservation of mass
  • the principle of jet propulsion
  • the right-hand rule for inductive fields

Synonyms for principle in the sense of this definition

(principle is a kind of ...) a generalization that describes recurring facts or events in nature

"the laws of thermodynamics"

(... is a kind of principle ) (neurology) the principle that the cortex of the brain operates as a coordinated system with large masses of neural tissue involved in all complex functioning

(... is a kind of principle ) (geology) the principle that in a series of stratified sedimentary rocks the lowest stratum is the oldest

(... is a kind of principle ) the displacement of any point due to the superposition of wave systems is equal to the sum of the displacements of the individual waves at that point

"the principle of superposition is the basis of the wave theory of light"

(... is a kind of principle ) (hydrostatics) the volume of a body immersed in a fluid is equal to the volume of the displaced fluid

(... is a kind of principle ) (physics) the principle that an observer has no way of distinguishing whether his laboratory is in a uniform gravitational field or is in an accelerated frame of reference

(... is a kind of principle ) the principle that entities should not be multiplied needlessly; the simplest of two competing theories is to be preferred

(... is a kind of principle ) rule for calculating an expected delivery date; subtract three months from the first day of the last menstrual period and add seven days to that date

(... is a kind of principle ) (physics) the principle that a measured quantity of mass is equivalent (according to relativity theory) to a measured quantity of energy

(... is a kind of principle ) (economics) the principle that when two kinds of money having the same denominational value are in circulation the intrinsically more valuable money will be hoarded and the money of lower intrinsic value will circulate more freely until the intrinsically more valuable money is driven out of circulation; bad money drives out good; credited to Sir Thomas Gresham

(... is a kind of principle ) the principle that if any change is imposed on a system that is in equilibrium then the system tends to adjust to a new equilibrium counteracting the change

(... is a kind of principle ) a principle of Gestalt psychology that identifies factors leading to particular forms of perceptual organization

(... is a kind of principle ) (physiology) the principle that specific functions have relatively circumscribed locations in some particular part or organ of the body

Definition 6: rule of personal conduct - [noun denoting communication]

Synonyms for principle in the sense of this definition

(principle is a kind of ...) prescribed guide for conduct or action

(... is a kind of principle ) a principle that takes precedent over the laws of society

(... is a kind of principle ) the principle that conduct should be moral

(... is a kind of principle ) a principle stating the action required to attain a desired goal

(... is a kind of principle ) a commercial principle that without a warranty the buyer takes upon himself the risk of quality

(... is part of principle) a system of principles governing morality and acceptable conduct

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