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"principle" in British English

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uk   us   /ˈprɪn.sɪ.pl̩/

principle noun (IDEA)

C1 [C] a ​basicidea or ​rule that ​explains or ​controls how something ​happens or ​works: the principles of the ​criminaljusticesystem The ​country is ​run onsocialist principles. The ​machineworksaccording to the principle ofelectromagneticconduction. The ​organizationworks on the principle that all ​members have the same ​rights. in principle C2 If you ​agree with or ​believe something in principle, you ​agree with the ​idea in ​general, ​although you might not ​support it in ​reality or in every ​situation: In principle I ​agree with the ​idea, but in ​practice it's not always ​possible. They have ​approved the ​changes in principle.
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principle noun (RULE)

C2 [C or U] approving a ​moralrule or ​standard of good ​behaviour: She doesn't have any principles. He was a man of principle. Anyway, I can't ​deceive him - it's against all my principles. I never ​gamble, as a ​matter of principle (= because I ​believe it is ​wrong). She'd never ​ask to ​borrowmoney, on principle.
(Definition of principle from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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 us   /ˈprɪn·sə·pəl/

principle noun (MORAL RULE)

[C/U] a ​moralrule or ​standard of good ​behavior or ​fairdealing: [C] His guiding principle is that everyone should have ​equalaccess to high-quality ​healthcare. [C] He ​refused to ​compromise his principles.on principle If you ​believe or ​act on principle, you are ​following a ​personalstandard of ​behavior: On principle, I never ​eatmeat.

principle noun (BASIC TRUTH)

[C often pl] a ​basictruth that ​explains or ​controls how something ​happens or ​works: the principles of Newtonian ​physicsin principle Someone who ​agrees to something in principle ​agrees with the ​idea, but may not ​agree with using the ​idea to ​bring about ​practicalchanges: In principle I ​agree that ​mothers should ​spend as much ​time as ​possible with ​theiryoungchildren, but it isn’t ​easy.
(Definition of principle from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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uk   us   /ˈprɪnsəpl/
[C] a basic ​idea or ​rule that explains or ​controls how something ​happens or ​works: a principle of sth Those who ​paid the most would be ​earning the most: it's a pretty basic principle of ​fairtaxation.basic/fundamental/general principle The ​general principles of ​projectmanagement are much the same in the two ​cases.on the principle that The ​organizationworks on the principle that all ​members have the same ​rights. The country is ​run onsocialist principles.
[C or U] a moral ​rule or ​standard of good ​behaviour: I never ​cheat a ​customer, as a matter of principle. She'd never ​ask to ​borrowmoney, on principle.
in principle if you ​agree with or believe something in principle, you ​agree with the ​idea in ​general, although you might not ​agree with all the details or ​support it in every ​situation: In principle, we ​support the ​merger, but we ​think the ​value is ​insufficient. The EU may also ​move to ​implement a ​ban on new ​investment, previously ​agreed in principle. if something should ​happen in principle, it should ​happen in ​theory although it does not in fact always ​happen or has not yet ​happened: In principle, ​bonuses ought to ​fall when ​conditions get tough. In ​practice, they don't.
(Definition of principle from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “principle”
in Korean 원칙…
in Arabic مَبْدَأ…
in Malaysian prinsip…
in French principe…
in Russian принцип, правило…
in Chinese (Traditional) 基本思想, 原理, 原則…
in Italian principio…
in Turkish ilke, prensip, genel kural ve uygulamalar…
in Polish zasada, zasady…
in Spanish principio…
in Vietnamese nguyên lý, nguyên tắc cấu tạo…
in Portuguese princípio…
in Thai กฎ, ทฤษฎี…
in German das Gesetz, die Grundregel…
in Catalan principi…
in Japanese 道義, 主義, 信条…
in Chinese (Simplified) 基本思想, 原理, 原则…
in Indonesian prinsip…
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