Translation of "principle" - English-Mandarin Chinese dictionary


noun (BASIC IDEA) 基本思想 uk us /ˈprɪnt.sɪ.pl̩/

[ C ] a basic idea or rule that explains or controls how something happens or works

the principles of the criminal justice system 刑事审判制度的原则
The country is run on socialist principles. 这个国家推行社会主义制度。
The machine works according to the principle of electromagnetic conduction. 这台机器根据电磁传导原理运行。
The organization works on the principle that all members have the same rights. 该组织的工作原则是所有的成员都享有同等的权利。
→ See also first principles
in principle

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. 我大体赞成这个想法,但实际上这并非总是可行。
They have approved the changes in principle. 他们基本上批准了这些变革。

(Translation of “principle noun (BASIC IDEA)” from the Cambridge English-Chinese (Simplified) Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)