Translation of "principle" - English-Traditional Chinese dictionary

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uk /ˈprɪn.sə.pəl/ us /ˈprɪn.sə.pəl/

principle noun (IDEA)

C1 [ C ] a basic idea or rule that explains or controls how something happens or works

the principles of the criminal justice system 刑事審判制度的原則
The country is run on socialist principles. 這個國家推行社會主義制度。
The machine works according to the principle of electromagnetic conduction. 這台機器根據電磁傳導原理運行。
The organization works on the principle that all members have the same rights. 該組織運作的原則是所有的成員都享有同等的權利。
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. 我大致贊成這個想法,但實際上這並非總是可行。
They have approved the changes in principle. 他們基本上批准了這些變革。

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principle noun (RULE)

C2 [ C or U ] approving a moral rule or standard of good behaviour

She doesn't have any principles. 她毫無道德可言。
He was a man of principle. 他是個有道德準則的人。
Anyway, I can't deceive him - it's against all my principles. 無論如何,我不能欺騙他——這有悖於我做人的原則。
I never gamble, as a matter of principle (= because I believe it is wrong). 我從不賭博,對我來說這是個原則問題。
She'd never ask to borrow money, on principle. 按照她的處事原則,她從不向人借錢。

(Translation of “principle” from the Cambridge English-Chinese (Traditional) Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)