a matter of principle

Definition of a matter of principle

  1. :  a situation that requires something be done a certain way because one believes it is the only right way It was a matter of principle for her that she pay her own way. As a matter of principle, he would not accept the gift.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  a subject under consideration

    :  a subject of disagreement or litigation

    :  the events or circumstances of a particular situation

  1. :  to form or discharge pus :  suppurate

    :  to be of importance :  signify

  1. :  a comprehensive and fundamental law, doctrine, or assumption

    :  a rule or code of conduct

    :  habitual devotion to right principles

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to cast off or become cast off

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