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principle

Pronunciation: prin'si-pel

Definition:

  1. A general or fundamental doctrine or tenet.
  2. The essential ingredient in a substance, especially one that gives it its distinctive quality or effect.

[L. principium, a beginning, fr. princeps, chief]

See Also: law, rule, theorem

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