Dictionary Results for principle

1. principle - noun

· 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(s): rule

Hypernym(s): generalization, generalisation, generality

2. principle - noun

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

Hypernym(s): value

3. principle - noun

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

Hypernym(s): law, natural_law

4. principle - noun

· 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"

Synonym(s): rule

Hypernym(s): law, law_of_nature

5. principle - noun

· rule of personal conduct

Synonym(s): precept

Hypernym(s): rule, prescript

6. principle - noun

· (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"

Synonym(s): rationale

Hypernym(s): explanation

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