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principle

noun

1 principle

A basic generalization that is accepted as true and that can be used as a basis for reasoning or conduct:
— Their principles of composition characterized all their works.

synonym: rule.

Roget 5: intrinsicality, inbeing, inherence, inhesion; subjectiveness; ego; egohood; essence, noumenon; essentialness etc. adj.; essential part, quintessence, ... show more

Roget 484: belief; credence; credit; assurance; faith, trust, troth, confidence, presumption, sanguine expectation etc. (hope) 858; dependence on, ... show more

Roget 939: probity, integrity, rectitude; uprightness etc. adj.; honesty, faith; honor; bonne foi [Fr.], good faith, bona fides [Lat.]; purity, clean hands.    ... show more

Roget 615: motive, springs of action, wellsprings of action.    reason, ground, call, principle; by end, by purpose; mainspring, primum mobile [Lat.], keystone; the why and the wherefore; ... show more

Roget 496: maxim, aphorism; apothegm, apophthegm; dictum, saying, adage, saw, proverb; sentence, mot [Fr.], motto, word, byword, ... show more

Roget 476: reasoning ratiocination rationalism; dialectics, induction, generalization.    discussion, comment; ventilation; inquiry etc. 461.    argumentation, controversy, debate; ... show more

Roget 316: materiality, materialness; corporeity, corporality; substantiality, substantialness, flesh and blood, plenum; physical condition.    matter, body, substance, brute matter, ... show more

Roget 82: conformity, conformance; observance; habituation.    naturalization; conventionality etc. (custom) 613; agreement etc. 23.    example, instance, ... show more

Polish: prawidłowość, reguła, standard



2 principle

A rule or standard especially of good behavior.

3 principle

A basic truth or law or assumption.

Dutch: basisprincipe, beginsel, grondbeginsel, grondregel, grondstelling, hoofdregel, maxime, oerprincipe, principe

4 principle

A rule or law concerning a natural phenomenon or the function of a complex system:
— The principle of the conservation of mass.
— The principle of jet propulsion.

synonym: rule.

5 principle

Rule of personal conduct.

synonym: precept.

Dutch: gedragsregel, regel

6 principle

law An explanation of the fundamental reasons (especially an explanation of the working of some device in terms of laws of nature):
— The principles of internal-combustion engines.

synonym: rationale.

Roget 153: cause, origin, source, principle, element; occasioner, prime mover, primum mobile [Lat.]; vera causa [Lat.]; author etc. (producer) 164; mainspring; ... show more

Dutch: beginsel, motivering, principe, ratio


Moby thesaurus: Procrustean law, a belief, a priori truth, activity, ambition, antecedents, article of faith, aspiration, at bottom, attitude, axiom, base, basement, basically, basis, bearing wall, bed, bedding, bedrock, belief ... show more.

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