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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Principle  \Prin"ci*ple\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Principled};  p. 
  pr  &  vb  n.  {Principling}.] 
  To  equip  with  principles;  to  establish,  or  fix,  in  certain 
  principles;  to  impress  with  any  tenet,  or  rule  of  conduct, 
  good  or  ill. 
  Governors  should  be  well  principled.  --L'Estrange. 
  Let  an  enthusiast  be  principled  that  he  or  his  teacher 
  is  inspired.  --Locke. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Principle  \Prin"ci*ple\,  n.  [F.  principe,  L.  principium 
  beginning,  foundation,  fr  princeps,  -cipis.  See  {Prince}.] 
  1.  Beginning;  commencement.  [Obs.] 
  Doubting  sad  end  of  principle  unsound.  --Spenser. 
  2.  A  source,  or  origin;  that  from  which  anything  proceeds; 
  fundamental  substance  or  energy;  primordial  substance; 
  ultimate  element,  or  cause 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  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" 
  [syn:  {rule}] 
  2:  a  rule  or  standard  especially  of  good  behavior:  "a  man  of 
  principle";  "he  will  not  violate  his  principles" 
  3:  a  basic  truth  or  law  or  assumption:  "the  principles  of 
  4:  a  rule  or  law  concerning  a  natural  phenomenon  or  the 
  function  of  a  mechanical  system:  "the  principle  of  the 
  conservation  of  mass";  "the  principle  of  jet  propulsion"; 
  "the  right-hand  rule  for  inductive  fields"  [syn:  {rule}] 
  5:  rule  of  personal  conduct  [syn:  {precept}] 
  6:  an  explanation  of  the  working  of  some  device  in  terms  of 
  laws  of  nature;  "the  principles  of  internal-combusiton 
  engines"  [syn:  {rationale}] 

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