on principle

idiom

: because of one's beliefs
She refused on principle to give toy guns to the children.

Examples of on principle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Although those opaque inner workings have the potential to be dangerous, rejecting them on principle could also mean rejecting revelation. Matteo Wong, The Atlantic, 16 Feb. 2024 The idea of the government deciding to privilege one industry over another should already be abhorrent to free market Republicans on principle. TIME, 6 Feb. 2024 In what might be called the Great Reversal, President Biden rolled back Trump policies as a matter of course and on principle, assuming that anything his predecessor was responsible for must be immoral or ineffectual. Rich Lowry, National Review, 4 Feb. 2024 Wealthy non-tax-paying institutions should pay taxes on principle. Clio Chang, Curbed, 13 Dec. 2023 And Duane Martin isn’t saying anything, apparently on principle, according to TMZ. Christie D’zurilla, Los Angeles Times, 15 Nov. 2023 Hanke objects to sanctions both on principle and practice. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 11 Nov. 2023 But as soon as Lee walked through the door, the restaurant staff scurried to get them a table, which Lee declined on principle. Emily St. Martin, Los Angeles Times, 3 Nov. 2023 But some mainstream Republicans are opposing Mr. Jordan on principle. Karoun Demirjian, New York Times, 14 Oct. 2023 See More

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“On principle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/on%20principle. Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

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