Associations to the word «Principle»

Wiktionary

PRINCIPLE, noun. A fundamental assumption or guiding belief.
PRINCIPLE, noun. A rule used to choose among solutions to a problem.
PRINCIPLE, noun. (sometimes pluralized) Moral rule or aspect.
PRINCIPLE, noun. (physics) A rule or law of nature, or the basic idea on how the laws of nature are applied.
PRINCIPLE, noun. A fundamental essence, particularly one producing a given quality.
PRINCIPLE, noun. (obsolete) A beginning.
PRINCIPLE, noun. A source, or origin; that from which anything proceeds; fundamental substance or energy; primordial substance; ultimate element, or cause.
PRINCIPLE, noun. An original faculty or endowment.
PRINCIPLE, verb. (transitive) To equip with principles; to establish, or fix, in certain principles; to impress with any tenet or rule of conduct.
PRINCIPLE OF EXPLOSION, noun. (logic) The principle or axiom of classical logic stating that if a contradiction or a false proposition is proven to be true, then it proves that everything is true. In symbols: \(\bot \to P\)
PRINCIPLE OF LEAST ASTONISHMENT, proper noun. (software) (user interface) (design) A principle that the design should match the user's experience, expectations, and mental models.
PRINCIPLE OF LEAST KNOWLEDGE, proper noun. (software) (object-oriented) Synonym of Law of Demeter.
PRINCIPLE OF PSEUDO-SCOTUS, proper noun. (logic) principle of explosion
PRINCIPLE OF RELATIVITY, noun. (relativity) The principle that only the motion of objects relative to one another can be measured, and that there is no absolute frame of reference.
PRINCIPLE OF SUBSTITUTIVITY, noun. (philosophy) Alternative term for indiscernibility of identicals
PRINCIPLE OF VERIFIABILITY, noun. (philosophy) Alternative term for verifiability principle
PRINCIPLE OF VERIFICATION, noun. (philosophy) Alternative term for verifiability principle

Dictionary definition

PRINCIPLE, noun. 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".
PRINCIPLE, noun. A rule or standard especially of good behavior; "a man of principle"; "he will not violate his principles".
PRINCIPLE, noun. A basic truth or law or assumption; "the principles of democracy".
PRINCIPLE, noun. A rule or law concerning a natural phenomenon or the function of a complex system; "the principle of the conservation of mass"; "the principle of jet propulsion"; "the right-hand rule for inductive fields".
PRINCIPLE, noun. Rule of personal conduct.
PRINCIPLE, noun. (law) an explanation of the fundamental reasons (especially an explanation of the working of some device in terms of laws of nature); "the rationale for capital punishment"; "the principles of internal-combustion engines".

Wise words

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