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Noun principle has 6 senses
  1. principle, rule - 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"
    --1 is a kind of generalization, generalisation, generality
    --1 has particulars: pillar; yang; yin; feng shui
  2. principle - a rule or standard especially of good behavior; "a man of principle"; "he will not violate his principles"
    --2 is a kind of
    --2 has particulars:
     accounting principle, accounting standard; chivalry; ethic, moral principle, value-system, value orientation; Hellenism; legal principle, judicial principle, judicial doctrine; scruple
  3. principle - a basic truth or law or assumption; "the principles of democracy"
    --3 is a kind of
    law, natural law
    --3 has particulars:
     dictate; fundamentals, basics, fundamental principle, basic principle, bedrock; logic; pleasure principle, pleasure-pain principle, pleasure-unpleasure principle; reality principle; conservation; Tao
  4. principle, rule - 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"
    --4 is a kind of law, law of nature
    --4 has particulars:
     Gestalt law of organization, Gestalt principle of organization; Le Chatelier's principle, Le Chatelier's law, Le Chatelier principle, Le Chatelier-Braun principle; Gresham's Law; mass-energy equivalence; Naegele's rule; Occam's Razor, Ockham's Razor, principle of parsimony, law of parsimony; principle of equivalence; principle of liquid displacement; principle of superposition, Huygens' principle of superposition; principle of superposition, superposition principle, superposition; mass-action principle, mass action; localization of function, localisation of function, localization principle, localisation principle, localization, localisation
  5. principle, precept - rule of personal conduct
    --5 is a kind of rule, prescript
    --5 is a part of ethic, ethical code
    --5 has particulars:
     higher law; moral principle; hypothetical imperative; caveat emptor
  6. rationale, principle - (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"
    --6 is a kind of explanation
    --6 has particulars: dialectics
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