Definition of 'principle'
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Waddington let him talk, acting on the old principle that one should never commit too soon. A SONG AT TWILIGHT (1989)To get her to accept mercy killing in principle was nine-tenths of the argument won. COMPULSION (1989)I just feel this is a good time to be suspicious on principle. THE OTHER DEVIL'S NAME (1989)
He fumbled after a principle, some general notion of decency to support his instinctive certainty. THE INNOCENT (1989)
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Translations for 'principle'
British English: principle /ˈprɪnsɪpl/ NOUN
A principle is a belief that you have about the way you should behave.
- American English: principle
- Arabic: مَبْدَأ
- Brazilian Portuguese: princípio fundamento
- Chinese: 原则
- Croatian: princip
- Czech: princip
- Danish: princip
- Dutch: principe
- European Spanish: principio concepto
- Finnish: periaate
- French: principe
- German: Prinzip
- Greek: αρχή ιδεολογία
- Italian: principio
- Japanese: 主義
- Korean: 원칙
- Norwegian: prinsipp
- Polish: zasada
- European Portuguese: princípio fundamento
- Romanian: principiu
- Russian: принцип
- Spanish: principio razón fundamental
- Swedish: princip
- Thai: หลักปฏิบัติ
- Turkish: ilke
- Ukrainian: принцип
- Vietnamese: nguyên tắc
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