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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PRINCIPLE

As respects our House of Representatives, it would in principle be the same.

It was easily done, and without any cost or sacrifice of principle.

The principle involved in this effort is that of conservation.

But every difference of opinion is not a difference of principle.

The duties were to be reduced and the system improved, but the principle was to be maintained.

America, at its best, matches a commitment to principle with a concern for civility.

The principle of these two young ladies is proposed as an exemplar to her sex.

To some features of the Bill he was opposed, but was in favor of its principle.

Exactly what that principle was I could not at the time have said; I merely recognised it as being there.

I saw it as containing a principle that would work with me if I could work with it.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "origin, source, beginning; rule of conduct; axiom, basic assumption; elemental aspect of a craft or discipline," from Anglo-French principle, Old French principe "origin, cause, principle," from Latin principium (plural principia) "a beginning, commencement, origin, first part," in plural "foundation, elements," from princeps (see prince). Used absolutely for (good or moral) principle from 1650s.

Scientific sense of "general law of nature" is recorded from 1802. The English -l- apparently is by analogy of participle, etc.

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