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English definition of “guiding principle”

guiding principle

noun [C] uk   us  
an idea that influences you very much when making a decision or considering a matter: Equality of opportunity has been the government's guiding principle in its education reforms.Controlling and being in charge
(Definition of guiding principle from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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