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Daily Word (23 November 2014)


| ˈprɪnsɪp(ə)l |


  • noun
    • a fundamental truth or proposition that serves as the foundation for a system of belief or behavior or for a chain of reasoning
      • (usu. ‘principles’) a rule or belief governing one’s behavior
      • [mass noun] morally correct behavior and attitudes
    • a general scientific theorem or law that has numerous special applications across a wide field
      • a natural law forming the basis for the construction or working of a machine
    • a fundamental source or basis of sth.
      • a fundamental quality determining the nature of sth.
      • [with adj.] (Chemistry) an active or characteristic constituent of a substance, obtained by simple analysis or separation


Late Middle English: from Old French, from Latin principium (“source”), principia (plural, “foundations”), from princepsprincip- (“first”, “chief”)

In Other Languages

  • Bahasa Indonesia: principasasdasar
  • بهاس ملايو:
    • ڤرينچيڤ (princip), داسر (dasar)
  • Cebuano: baruganan
  • Deutsch:
    • das Prinzip
    • der Grundsatz (theorem)
  • Español: el principio
  • Filipino: simulaintuntunin
  • Français: le principe
  • 한국어: 원칙 (wonchig)
  • Italiano: il principio
  • ភាសាខ្មែរ: គោលការណ៍ (kolkar)
  • Latino: principium
  • မြန်မာဘာသာ: အခြေခံမူ, နိယာမ
  • 日本語: 原則 (げんそく), 原理 (げんり)
  • ພາສາລາວ: ຫຼັກການ (rakkan)
  • ภาษาไทย: หลัก (H̄lạk)
  • தமிழ்: கொள்கை (koḷkai)
  • Tiếng Việt: nguyên tắc
  • 中文: 原則 / 原则 (yuánzé), 原理 (yuánlǐ)


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