Part of speech: noun

A cause; essence.

Part of speech: noun

A general truth; rule of action, especially of right action.

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Usage examples "principle":

  1. Whatever be the nature of the environment that principle remains true. - "A Grammar of Freethought", Chapman Cohen.
  2. It was a relief to stop trying to circumvent the laws of nature by forcing two objects into the space that one will fill- which is the cardinal principle of the college girl's June packing- and Betty strolled slowly along under the elm- trees, in no haste to finish her errand. - "Betty Wales Freshman", Edith K. Dunton.
  3. Eliphaz shook his head on principle. - "Stories By English Authors: London", Various.