THEMES, TOPICS, ISSUES
C O N S I D E R A T I O N S
Rule of Action
Rule of Conduct or Operation
Guiding sense of Requirements
Guiding sense of Obligations
Originating or Actuating Agency or Force
Constituent - especially one giving some ditinctive quality or effect to the substance
In principle/in theory
On principle/In support of - As a demonstration of
Integrity, probity, rectitude, honor
R E F E R E N C E S
Principle n. 1. an accepted or professed rule of action or conduct. 2. a basic law, axion, or doctrine. 3. priciples, a personal or specific basis of conduct or operation. 4. a guiding sense of the requirements and oblications of right conduct: a man of principle. 5. a characteristic form of composition or organization, method of operation, etc.: The principle of capillarity; a constitution on the British principle. 6. an originating or actuating agency or force: the principles of Yin and Yang. 7. Chem. a constituent of a substance, esp. one giving to it some distinctive quality or effect. 8. in principle, in theory, without regard to an actual situation. 9. on principle, in support of, or as a demonstartion of, oneÍs principles. [ME alter. of MF principe or L principium an analogy of manciple. See principium [Principium. a principle [< L:lit., that which is first. See Prince, -ium]
-Syn. 2. theorem, postulate, proposition. 4. integrity, probity, rectitude, honor.
[Urdang, Laurence, ed. Random House Dictionary of The English Language. New York: Random House, 1968.]
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