principle

  

Definition

Elementary assumption, concept, doctrine, maxim, or proposition generally held to be fundamental or true for a body of knowledge, conduct, procedure, or system of reasoning, and used as a basis for prediction and action. See also principles.

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  • The store I usually shop at cheated me out of 25 cents and I know that's not a lot of money but I must have it corrected over principle alone.

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  • The unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness enshrined in the Declaration of Independence rest on the important principle that all men are created equal.

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  • Many philosophers have created imaginary, hypothetical societies based on what those philosophers consider to be the ideal principles necessary for a good society.

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