HyperDic: principle

English > 6 senses of the word principle:
NOUNcognitionprinciple, rulea basic generalization that is accepted as true and that can be used as a basis for reasoning or conduct
cognitionprinciplea rule or standard especially of good behavior
cognitionprinciplea basic truth or law or assumption / assumption
cognitionprinciple, rulea rule or law concerning a natural phenomenon or the function of a complex system
communicationprinciple, preceptrule of personal conduct
cognitionprinciple, rationale(law) an explanation of the fundamental reasons (especially an explanation of the working of some device in terms of laws of nature)
principle > pronunciation
Soundsprih'nsahpahl
Rhymesabdominal ... zoological: 2115 rhymes with ahl...
English > principle: 6 senses > noun 1, cognition
MeaningA basic generalization that is accepted as true and that can be used as a basis for reasoning or conduct.
Example"their principles of composition characterized all their works"
Synonymrule
Narrowerfeng shuirules in Chinese philosophy that govern spatial arrangement and orientation in relation to patterns of yin and yang and the flow of energy (qi)
pillarA fundamental principle or practice
yangThe bright positive masculine principle in Chinese dualistic cosmology
yinThe dark negative feminine principle in Chinese dualistic cosmology
Broadergeneralization, generalisation, generalityAn idea or conclusion having general application
Spanishprincipio, regla
Catalanprincipi, regla
English > principle: 6 senses > noun 2, cognition
MeaningA rule or standard especially of good behavior.
Examples
  • "a man of principle"
  • "he will not violate his principles"
NarrowerHellenismThe principles and ideals associated with classical Greek civilization
accounting principle, accounting standardA principle that governs current accounting practice and that is used as a reference to determine the appropriate treatment of complex transactions
chivalry, knightlinessThe medieval principles governing knighthood and knightly conduct
ethic, moral principle, value-system, value orientationThe principles of right and wrong that are accepted by an individual or a social group
legal principle, judicial principle, judicial doctrine(law) a principle underlying the formulation of jurisprudence
scrupleAn ethical or moral ... / moral principle that inhibits action
BroadervalueAn ideal accepted by some individual or group
Spanishprincipio
Catalanprincipi
English > principle: 6 senses > noun 3, cognition
MeaningA basic truth or law or assumption / assumption.
Example"the principles of democracy"
NarrowerTaoThe ultimate principle of the universe
conservation(physics) the maintenance of a certain quantities unchanged during chemical reactions or physical transformations
dictateA guiding principle
fundamentals, basics, fundamental principle, basic principle, bedrockprinciples from which other truths can be derived
insurrectionismThe principle of revolt against constituted authority
logicThe principles that guide reasoning within a given field or situation
pleasure principle, pleasure-pain principle, pleasure-unpleasure principle(psychoanalysis) the governing principle of the id
reality principle(psychoanalysis) the governing principle of the ego
Broaderlaw, natural lawA rule or body of rules of conduct inherent in human nature and essential to or binding upon human society
Spanishprincipio
Catalanprincipi
English > principle: 6 senses > noun 4, cognition
MeaningA rule or law concerning a natural phenomenon or the function of a complex system.
Examples
  • "the principle of the conservation of mass"
  • "the principle of jet propulsion"
Synonymrule
NarrowerGestalt law of organization, Gestalt principle of organizationA principle of Gestalt psychology that identifies factors leading to particular forms of perceptual organization
Gresham's Law(economics) the principle that when two kinds of money having the same denominational value are in circulation the intrinsically more valuable money will be hoarded and the money of lower intrinsic value will circulate more freely until the intrinsically more valuable money is driven out of circulation
Le Chatelier's principle, Le Chatelier's law, Le Chatelier principle, Le Chatelier-Braun principleThe principle that if any change is imposed on a system that is in equilibrium then the system tends to adjust to a new equilibrium counteracting the change
Naegele's ruleRule for calculating an expected delivery date
Occam's Razor, Ockham's Razor, principle of parsimony, law of parsimonyThe principle that entities should not be multiplied needlessly
localization of function, localisation of function, localization principle, localisation principle, localization, localisation(physiology) the principle that specific functions have relatively circumscribed locations in some particular part or organ of the body
mass-action principle, mass action(neurology) the principle that the cortex of the brain operates as a coordinated system with large masses of neural tissue involved in all complex functioning
mass-energy equivalence(physics) the principle that a measured quantity of mass is equivalent (according to relativity theory) to a measured quantity of energy
principle of equivalence(physics) the principle that an observer has no way of distinguishing whether his laboratory is in a uniform gravitational field or is in an accelerated frame of reference
principle of liquid displacement(hydrostatics) the volume of a body immersed in a fluid is equal to the volume of the displaced fluid
principle of superposition, Huygens' principle of superpositionThe displacement of any point due to the superposition of wave systems is equal to the sum of the displacements of the individual waves at that point
principle of superposition, superposition principle, superposition(geology) the principle that in a series of stratified sedimentary rocks the lowest stratum is the oldest
Broaderlaw, law of natureA generalization that describes recurring facts or events in nature
Spanishprincipio, regla
Catalanprincipi, regla
English > principle: 6 senses > noun 5, communication
MeaningRule of personal conduct.
Synonymprecept
Part ofethic, ethical codeA system of principles governing morality and acceptable conduct
Narrowercaveat emptorA commercial principle that without a warranty the buyer takes upon himself the risk of quality
higher lawA principle that takes precedent over the laws of society
hypothetical imperativeA principle stating the action required to attain a desired goal
moral principleThe principle that conduct should be moral
Broaderrule, prescriptPrescribed guide for conduct or action
Spanishprecepto, principio
Catalanprecepte, principi
English > principle: 6 senses > noun 6, cognition
Meaning(law) an explanation of the fundamental reasons (especially an explanation of the working of some device in terms of laws of nature).
Example "the principles of internal-combustion engines"
Synonymrationale
Categorylaw, jurisprudenceThe collection of rules imposed by authority
NarrowerdialecticsA rationale for dialectical materialism based on change through the conflict of opposing forces
BroaderexplanationThought that makes something comprehensible
Spanishfundamentación, fundamento, principio
Catalanfonament, lògica, principi, raonament

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