Definition of PRINCIPLES


Source: WordNet 3.1

  • 1. (

    ) 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" ;

  • 2. (

    ) a rule or standard especially of good behavior; "a man of principle"; "he will not violate his principles" ;

  • 3. (

    ) a basic truth or law or assumption; "the principles of democracy" ;

  • 4. (

    ) 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"; "the right-hand rule for inductive fields" ;

  • 6. (

    ) (law) an explanation of the fundamental reasons (especially an explanation of the working of some device in terms of laws of nature); "the rationale for capital punishment"; "the principles of internal-combustion engines" ;

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