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Synonyms for principle
ˈprɪn sə pəl

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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"

    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"

    rationale, precept, rule

  3. principle(noun)

    a basic truth or law or assumption

    "the principles of democracy"

    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"

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

  5. principle, precept(noun)

    rule of personal conduct

    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"

    rationale, precept, rule


  1. principle(noun)

    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

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. principle(n.)

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

  2. principle(n.)

    element, substratum, fundamental or primordial substance

  3. principle(n.)

    postulate, axiom, law, elementary proposition, fundamental truth

  4. principle(n.)

    doctrine, tenet, dogma, opinion, maxim, rule

  5. principle(n.)

    ground, motive, reason

  6. principle(n.)

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

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  1. Kirsten Gillibrand:

    While I deeply respect Gen. Mattis’ service, I will oppose a waiver, civilian control of our military is a fundamental principle of American democracy, and I will not vote for an exception to this rule.

  2. Zou Ji:

    On funding, we aren't that satisfied, especially when it comes to pre-2020 funding which is relatively weak, on post-2020 funding, they have written in the principle that developed countries have to provide support to developing countries but there are a lot of specifics that were impossible to put in the agreement.

  3. George Carlin:

    As a matter of principle, I never attend the first annual anything.

  4. Jeb Bush:

    This should be a question of self-determination, that's just a question of principle and morality, I think. It's not a question of politics.

  5. Sergio Desoto:

    At the core people are still human, we desire to receive a hug or a thank you note every once in a while. With all the automation tools out there today we tend to forget that basic principle. Hatchbuck keeps it personal. It allows my clients and me to deliver personal messages in a massive and truly engaging manner. I call it #HatchbuckHugs.

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