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Synonyms for principle
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. principle, rule(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"

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

  2. principle(noun)

    a rule or standard especially of good behavior

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

    Synonyms:
    rationale, precept, rule

  3. principle(noun)

    a basic truth or law or assumption

    "the principles of democracy"

    Synonyms:
    rationale, precept, rule

  4. principle, rule(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"

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

  5. principle, precept(noun)

    rule of personal conduct

    Synonyms:
    rationale, precept, commandment, teaching, rule

  6. rationale, 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"

    Synonyms:
    rationale, precept, rule

Wiktionary

  1. principle(noun)

    Moral rule or aspect.

    Synonyms:
    tenet

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.

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

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. principle

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

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

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. principle(n.)

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

  2. principle(n.)

    Synonyms:
    element, substratum, fundamental or primordial substance

  3. principle(n.)

    Synonyms:
    postulate, axiom, law, elementary proposition, fundamental truth

  4. principle(n.)

    Synonyms:
    doctrine, tenet, dogma, opinion, maxim, rule

  5. principle(n.)

    Synonyms:
    ground, motive, reason

  6. principle(n.)

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

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How to use principle in a sentence?

  1. Ehsan Sehgal:

    One can change several times its system, principle, rule, law, and even constitution; it brings nothing until one changes its mindset; indeed, it flowers and fragrances every system.

  2. Dr. B. R. Ambedkar:

    Equality may be a fiction but nonetheless one must accept it as a governing principle.

  3. Masanobu Fukuoka:

    PART 2 THE ROAD TO NATURAL FARMING [page 197] ... D. From Organic Farming to Natural Farming [page 205] In the future, American agriculture will probably grow even larger on business capital, but on the other hand, people who are inclined to using natural methods will probably progress from organic to natural farming. The problem, however, is that the distinction between organic and natural farming is still not generally understood. Of course, scientific farming and organic farming are not that different, and fundamentally both can be called scientific. Consequently, the boundary between them is unclear. The major objective of the international conference I attended on this [1986] visit to the U.S. was to assess the current world situation and to determine in which direction to move in the future. In more concrete terms, the goal was to examine how various farming methods now being practised, such as permaculture, organic farming, and other methods based on new ideas, relate to each other and to what extent they can act in concert. I may just be feathering my own nest, but as far as I can see, the only way is to follow the road back to nature, bearing in mind an Oriental natural philosophy. I believe that in doing this, we will establish techniques that go beyond our present technology. Although this philosophy still takes various forms and names, it is clear that the thought underlying it is my "Green Philosophy" as I described it in The One–Straw Revolution. It is fine to turn gradually from organic farming onto the road that leads to anti-scientific farming. It is fine to set our sights on farming that perpetuates itself infinitely and on a return to nature, even while enjoying life on a designed farm. But these must not end up as microscopic techniques and should not be used as temporary fads. Even though we have these at our command, at the core there must be a natural philosophy, in order to establish a farming method that will become the great principle of an agriculture that continues infinitely.

  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. Seo Ki-seok:

    The law is unconstitutional as it infringes people's right to make their own decisions on sex and secrecy and freedom of their private life, violating the principle banning excessive enforcement.


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