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governing principle

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishgoverning principlegoverning principleMAINa principle that has the most important influence on something Freedom of speech is one of the governing principles in a democracy. governing
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governing principleComplex protocol demanded that Court dress conform to a set of governing principles.Just as a ship needs a captain, so too does the individual need a governing principle.Freedom of speech for all is one of the governing principles in a democracy.But the same three macro-functions are the governing principles of stylistic choice in both literary and non-literary language.
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