a matter of principle

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.

Word by Word Definitions

matter play
  1. : a subject under consideration

  2. : a subject of disagreement or litigation

  3. : the events or circumstances of a particular situation

  1. : to form or discharge pus : suppurate

  2. : to be of importance : signify

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

  2. : a rule or code of conduct

  3. : habitual devotion to right principles


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