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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [prin-suh-puh l]
    • /ˈprɪn sə pəl/
    • /ˈprɪnsəpl/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [prin-suh-puh l]
    • /ˈprɪn sə pəl/

Definitions of principle word

  • noun principle an accepted or professed rule of action or conduct: a person of good moral principles. 1
  • noun principle a fundamental, primary, or general law or truth from which others are derived: the principles of modern physics. 1
  • noun principle a fundamental doctrine or tenet; a distinctive ruling opinion: the principles of the Stoics. 1
  • noun principle principles, a personal or specific basis of conduct or management: to adhere to one's principles; a kindergarten run on modern principles. 1
  • noun principle guiding sense of the requirements and obligations of right conduct: a person of principle. 1
  • noun principle an adopted rule or method for application in action: a working principle for general use. 1

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Origin of principle

First appearance:

before 1350
One of the 20% oldest English words
1350-1400; Middle English, alteration of Middle French principe or Latin prīncipium, on the analogy of manciple. See principium

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Parts of speech for Principle


principle popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 95% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

principle usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for principle

noun principle

  • algorithm — An algorithm is a series of mathematical steps, especially in a computer program, which will give you the answer to a particular kind of problem or question.
  • apriorism — the philosophical doctrine that there may be genuine knowledge independent of experience
  • apriority — the quality or fact of being a priori
  • basis — If something is done on a particular basis, it is done according to that method, system, or principle.
  • beginning — The beginning of an event or process is the first part of it.

Antonyms for principle

adj principle

  • leftover — Usually, leftovers. food remaining uneaten at the end of a meal, especially when saved for later use.

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