"principle" Definition

  1. n. Beginning; commencement.
  2. n. A source, or origin; that from which anything proceeds; fundamental substance or energy; primordial substance; ultimate element, or cause.
  3. n. An original faculty or endowment.
  4. n. A fundamental truth; a comprehensive law or doctrine, from which others are derived, or on which others are founded; a general truth; an elementary proposition; a maxim; an axiom; a postulate.
  5. n. A settled rule of action; a governing law of conduct; an opinion or belief which exercises a directing influence on the life and behavior; a rule (usually, a right rule) of conduct consistently directing one's actions; as, a person of no principle.
  6. n. Any original inherent constituent which characterizes a substance, or gives it its essential properties, and which can usually be separated by analysis; -- applied especially to drugs, plant extracts, etc.
  7. v. t. To equip with principles; to establish, or fix, in certain principles; to impress with any tenet, or rule of conduct, good or ill.

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Position in dictionary: 78072 of 111710 words.
Word Type: n., n., n., n., n., n., v. t.,
Words that start with "principle": 2
Words that end with "principle": 2
Words that contain "principle": 5
Next words in dictionary: principled, principling, princock, princox, prink, prinked, prinker, prinking, prinpriddle, print
Previous words in dictionary: principiation, principiate, principiant, principial, principia, principate, principalness, principally, principality, principalities

English Dictionary Definition of principle

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