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Synonyms for principle
ˈprɪn sə pəl

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  1. principlenoun

    Moral rule or aspect.


English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. principle

    Doctrine primarily signifies that which is taught; principle, the fundamental basis on which the teaching rests. A doctrine is reasoned out, and may be defended by reasoning; a dogma rests on authority, as of direct revelation, the decision of the church, etc. A doctrine or dogma is a statement of some one item of belief; a creed is a summary of doctrines or dogmas. Dogma has commonly, at the present day, an offensive signification, as of a belief arrogantly asserted. Tenet is simply that which is held, and is applied to a single item of belief; it is a neutral word, neither approving nor condemning; we speak of the doctrines of our own church; of the tenets of others. A precept relates not to belief, but to conduct. Compare FAITH; LAW.

    article of belief, article of faith, belief, doctrine, dogma, precept, teaching, tenet

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. principle

    source, origin, motive, cause, energy, substance, element, power, faculty, truth, tenet, law, doctrine, axiom, maxim, postulate, rule

    exhibition, manifestation, application, development, issue, exercise, operation, formation, action

Princeton's WordNet

  1. principle, rulenoun

    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"

    precept, rationale, convention, rule, normal, pattern, ruler, prescript, regulation, formula, linguistic rule, dominion

  2. principlenoun

    a rule or standard especially of good behavior

    "a man of principle"; "he will not violate his principles"

    rationale, precept, rule

  3. principlenoun

    a basic truth or law or assumption

    "the principles of democracy"

    rationale, precept, rule

  4. principle, rulenoun

    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"

    precept, rationale, convention, rule, normal, pattern, ruler, prescript, regulation, formula, linguistic rule, dominion

  5. principle, preceptnoun

    rule of personal conduct

    rationale, precept, commandment, teaching, rule

  6. rationale, principlenoun

    (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"

    rationale, precept, rule

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. principlenoun

    origin, source, cause, spring, mainspring, fountain, groundwork, prime mover, fountain-head

  2. principlenoun

    element, substratum, fundamental or primordial substance

  3. principlenoun

    postulate, axiom, law, elementary proposition, fundamental truth

  4. principlenoun

    doctrine, tenet, dogma, opinion, maxim, rule

  5. principlenoun

    ground, motive, reason

  6. principlenoun

    integrity, uprightness, rectitude, probity, honesty, virtue, righteousness, incorruptibility, goodness, trustworthiness, trustiness, worth, honor

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  1. Deputy Finance Minister Joerg Kukies:

    The question that I have now, and this really goes to the core: must the EU - in light of the stalemate of tax harmonization - give up its unanimity principle in tax policy, at least in some areas.

  2. Jacob Hornberger:

    There is no difference in principle, ... between the economic philosophy of Nazism, socialism, communism, and fascism and that of the American welfare state and regulated economy.

  3. Chuck Schumer:

    This vote has made it official: Donald Trump’s big lie has now fully enveloped the Republican Party, donald Trump’s big lie is now the defining principle of what was once the party of Lincoln.

  4. Culture Secretary John Whittingdale:

    Editorial independence is an incredibly important principle and we will do nothing to undermine that, indeed (...) we have done our best to strengthen it in some areas.

  5. Hubert Segain:

    Before Florange, a board's hands were tied in the event of a bid and all powers were centralised in the hands of shareholders, this was the opposite of the Delaware principle, which gives primacy to the boards of quoted companies in the United States.

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