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principium

Definition:

a basic truth, law, or assumption

Class:

cognition noun (cognitive processes and contents)

Plural:

principia

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

principle

Etymology:

Latin, a beginning from princeps: see "prince"
(Source: New World Dictionary)  [more]

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Random House Dictionary:

principle | principium | principia [plural] | principles [sense-specific] | in principle [sense-specific] | on principle [sense-specific]

an accepted or professed rule of action or conduct. | a fundamental, primary, or general law or truth from which others are derived. | a fundamental ... (24 of 280 words, 15 definitions, 13 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Collins Dictionary:

principium [plural] | principia [plural]

a principle, especially a fundamental one (6 of 192 words, pronunciations)

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Wiktionary:

principium [Latin]

a beginning, an origin | a groundwork, a foundation | [pluralized] the elements, the first principles | [military, plural] the front ranks, camp headquarters (21 of 53 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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Merriam-Webster:

principium | -ia [plural]

a fundamental principle (3 of 21 words, pronunciations)

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New World Dictionary:

principium | principia [plural]

a principle | first principles; fundamentals (5 of 20 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

principium | principia [plural]

A principle, especially a basic one. (6 of 18 words, pronunciations)

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Oxford Dictionary:

principle | principles | in principle | on principle

a fundamental truth or proposition that serves as the foundation for a system of belief or behaviour or for a chain of reasoning | (usually ... (24 of 367 words, 11 definitions, 14 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

principle | principles [plural] | in principle

[countable] a basic belief, theory, or rule that has a major influence on ... | [countable, plural] a basic rule or belief about what is right and ... (26 of 307 words, 5 definitions, 16 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Cambridge Dictionary:

principle [entry 1] | in principle

a basic idea or rule that explains or controls how something happens or works | "in principle": If you agree with or believe something in principle, ... (25 of 109 words, 2 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)

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principle [entry 2, approving]

a moral rule or standard of good behaviour (8 of 62 words, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Wikipedia:

Principia [disambiguation]

a common name for the PhilosophiƦ Naturalis Principia Mathematica, Isaac Newton's three-volume work about his laws of motion ... | Principia School, a school from early childhood to high school in the St. Louis, Missouri area | Principia (alga), a ... (38 of 182 words, 8 definitions)

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Britannica Encyclopedia:

natural law

in philosophy, a system of right or justice held to be common to all humans and derived from nature rather than from the rules of society, or positive ... (28 of 974 words, 3 images)

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Columbia Encyclopedia:

natural law | natural laws

theory that some laws are basic and fundamental to human nature and are discoverable by human reason without reference to specific legislative ... (22 of 311 words)

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Encarta Dictionary:

principle | principles [plural]

an important underlying law or assumption required in a system of thought | a standard of moral or ethical decision-making | the basic way in which ... (24 of 119 words, 5 definitions, pronunciation)

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Etymology references

New World Dictionary:

principium | principia [plural]

Origin: Latin, a beginning from princeps: see "prince"

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principle

Origin: Middle English, altered from Middle French principe from Latin principium: see "principium"

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Collins Dictionary:

principium [plural] | principia [plural]

First use: 17th century

Origin: Latin: an origin, beginning

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principle | Principle

First use: 14th century

Origin: from Latin principium beginning, basic tenet

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Merriam-Webster:

principium | -ia [plural]

First use: 1600

Origin: Latin, beginning, basis

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principle | Principle [sense-specific]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English, from Middle French principe, principle, from Old French, from Latin principium beginning, from princip-, princeps initiator

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American Heritage Dictionary:

principium | principia [plural]

Origin: Latin prīncipium; see "principle".

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principle

Origin: Middle English, alteration of Old French principe, from Latin prīncipium, from prīnceps, prīncip-, leader, ... (14 of 22 etymology words)

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Online Etymology:

principle

First use: late 14th century

Origin: "fundamental truth or proposition", from Anglo-Norman principle, from Old French principe, from Latin principium (plural ... (18 of 85 etymology words)

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Oxford Dictionary:

principle | principles

Origin: late Middle English: from Old French, from Latin principium "source", principia (plural) "foundations", from princeps, princip- "first, chief"

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Wiktionary:

principle | principles [plural] | principled [past tense] | principling [present participle]

Origin: Old French principe, from Latin principium ("beginning, foundation"), from princeps ("first"); see prince.

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Encarta Dictionary:

principle | principles [plural]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Anglo-Norman, alteration of French principe from Latin principium from princip- "somebody who takes first place"

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Audio references

Wiktionary:

principle | principles [plural] | principled [past tense] | principling [present participle]

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Collins Dictionary:

principium [plural] | principia [plural]

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principle | Principle

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the Free Dictionary:

principium

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principle

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

principium

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principle

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

principle | principles [plural]

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

principle | principles [plural]

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Cambridge Dictionary:

principle [entry 1]

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Google Dictionary:

principle | principles [plural]

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