How to use
, from princeps;
uncountable and countable
a moral rule or belief about what is right and wrong, that influences how you behave
Schools try to teach children a set of
He prided himself on his
high moral principles
strong ideas about how it is right or wrong to behave
He's got no principles at all!
He refused to give me any more money as
a matter of principle
against somebody's principles
It's against my principles to accept gifts from clients.
man/woman of principle
a man or woman with strong moral ideas
He considered himself to be a man of principle.
idea behind something
the basic idea that a plan or system is based on
is that education should be available to all children up to the age of 16.
the basic principles of business management
the principles of French law
Reflexology is based on the principle that specific areas on the feet correspond to different parts of the body.
on a principle
The project worked on the principle that each person's experience was equally valuable.
the principles behind government policies
He called for a return to
the most important ideas
of road safety for children.
in the case of older children
the principles are the same as others that have been mentioned
if something is possible in principle, there is no good reason why it should not happen, but it has not actually happened yet
In principle, the new software should make the accounting system a lot simpler.
if you agree to something in principle, you agree about a general plan or idea but have not yet considered the details
They have accepted the idea in principle.
The government has
agreed in principle
to a referendum.
rules of a process
a rule which explains the way something such as a machine works, or which explains a natural force in the universe
the basic principles of physics
Do not confuse the noun
(=a basic rule) with the noun and adjective
, which have the same pronunciation but different meanings.
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Advanced Learner's Dictionary.
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