a matter of principle

noun phrase

Definition of a matter of principle

: 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.

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“A matter of principle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/a%20matter%20of%20principle. Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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