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NOTE ON USAGE : Note that principle is a noun relating to rules of behaviour : principle, : She leads her life according to Christian principles. . Principal is a (rather formal) adjective meaning `main' or `most important' *principal, `'`': My principal concern is my family's welfare. . * the principal objections to the proposal . As a noun it is used for the director of certain educational institutions (usually in further education) : The principal and the vice-principal of the college both attended the meeting. .
OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY posted at 2009-11-22 13:42:08
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principle
/ 5prInsEpl; `prInsEpl/ n 1 [C] basic general truth that underlies sth (eg a subject or a system of morality) ; : a textbook which teaches the basic principles of geometry * the principle of equality of opportunity for all * Discussing all these details will get us nowhere: we must get back to first principles. , . 2 (a) [C usu pl ] guiding rule for personal behaviour , : principles of conduct * live according to/up to one's principles * She seems to have no principles at all (ie behaves immorally) when it is a question of making money. , . * It would be against my principles to lie to you. . (b) [U] these rules ; ; : a woman of (high) principle * He is quite without principle, ie behaves immorally. . * It is a matter of principle with her to answer her children's questions honestly. . 3 [sing] general or scientific law shown in the way a thing works, or used as the basis for constructing a machine, etc ; : These machines both work on the same principle. . * The system works on the principle that heat rises. . =>Usage at principal principal. 4 (idm ) in principle (a) as far as basic principles are concerned : There's no reason in principle why people couldn't travel to Mars, ie It is possible, though it has not yet been done. , , . (b) in general but not in detail; : They have agreed to the proposal inprinciple but we still have to negotiate the terms. , . on principle because of one's (moral) principles or a fixed belief : Many people are opposed to the sale of arms on principle. .
OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY posted at 2009-11-22 13:42:08
principle
/ 5prInsEpl; `prInsEpl/ n 1 [C] basic general truth that underlies sth (eg a subject or a system of morality) ; : a textbook which teaches the basic principles of geometry * the principle of equality of opportunity for all * Discussing all these details will get us nowhere: we must get back to first principles. , . 2 (a) [C usu pl ] guiding rule for personal behaviour , : principles of conduct * live according to/up to one's principles * She seems to have no principles at all (ie behaves immorally) when it is a question of making money. , . * It would be against my principles to lie to you. . (b) [U] these rules ; ; : a woman of (high) principle * He is quite without principle, ie behaves immorally. . * It is a matter of principle with her to answer her children's questions honestly. . 3 [sing] general or scientific law shown in the way a thing works, or used as the basis for constructing a machine, etc ; : These machines both work on the same principle. . * The system works on the principle that heat rises. . =>Usage at principal principal. 4 (idm ) in principle (a) as far as basic principles are concerned : There's no reason in principle why people couldn't travel to Mars, ie It is possible, though it has not yet been done. , , . (b) in general but not in detail; : They have agreed to the proposal inprinciple but we still have to negotiate the terms. , . on principle because of one's (moral) principles or a fixed belief : Many people are opposed to the sale of arms on principle. .
OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY posted at 2009-11-22 13:42:08

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