What is principle?

  • (noun): A basic truth or law or assumption.
    Example: "The principles of democracy"
    See also — Additional definitions below


A principle is a law or rule that has to be, or usually is to be followed, or can be desirably followed, or is an inevitable consequence of something, such as the laws observed in nature or the way that a system is constructed. The principles of such a system are understood by its users as the essential characteristics of the system, or reflecting system's designed purpose, and the effective operation or use of which would be impossible if any one of the principles was to be ignored.

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Some articles on principle:

On The Fourfold Root Of The Principle Of Sufficient Reason - Payne's Summary
... …The first aspect of this principle is that of becoming, where it appears as the law of causality and is applicable only to changes ... of intuitive perception, and here the principle of sufficient reason states that, if certain premises are given, the conclusion must follow ... The third aspect of the principle is concerned with being in space and time, and shows that the existence of one relation inevitably implies the ...
Generally Accepted Accounting Principles - US GAAP - The Basic Principles
... Principles derive from tradition, such as the concept of matching ... Principle of regularity Regularity can be defined as conformity to enforced rules and laws ... Principle of consistency This principle states that when a business has once fixed a method for the accounting treatment of an item, it will enter in exactly the same way all ...
Freedom Of Expression - Limitations
... freedom of speech may follow the "harm principle" or the "offense principle", for example in the case of pornography, or hate speech ... Mill also introduced what is known as the harm principle, in placing the following limitation on free expression "the only purpose for which power can ... a necessary means to that end." Hence Feinberg argues that the harm principle sets the bar too high and that some forms of expression can be ...
Franck–Condon Principle
... The Franck–Condon principle is a rule in spectroscopy and quantum chemistry that explains the intensity of vibronic transitions ... The principle states that during an electronic transition, a change from one vibrational energy level to another will be more likely to happen if the two vibrational wave functions overlap more significantly ...

More definitions of "principle":

  • (noun): A rule or law concerning a natural phenomenon or the function of a complex system.
    Example: "The principle of the conservation of mass"; "the principle of jet propulsion"
    Synonyms: rule
  • (noun): (law) an explanation of the fundamental reasons (especially an explanation of the working of some device in terms of laws of nature).
    Synonyms: rationale
  • (noun): A basic generalization that is accepted as true and that can be used as a basis for reasoning or conduct.
    Synonyms: rule
  • (noun): Rule of personal conduct.
    Synonyms: precept
  • (noun): A rule or standard especially of good behavior.
    Example: "A man of principle"; "he will not violate his principles"

Famous quotes containing the word principle:

    The principle of fashion is ... the principle of the kaleidoscope. A new year can only bring us a new combination of the same elements; and about once in so often we go back and begin again.
    Katharine Fullerton Gerould (1879–1944)

    We have been here over forty years, a longer period than the children of Israel wandered through the wilderness, coming to this Capitol pleading for this recognition of the principle that the Government derives its just powers from the consent of the governed. Mr. Chairman, we ask that you report our resolution favorably if you can but unfavorably if you must; that you report one way or the other, so that the Senate may have the chance to consider it.
    Anna Howard Shaw (1847–1919)

    The principle of the Gothic architecture is infinity made imaginable.
    Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772–1834)