principium

noun
prin·​cip·​i·​um | \ prin-ˈsi-pē-əm How to pronounce principium (audio) , prin-ˈki-\
plural principia\ prin-​ˈsi-​pē-​ə How to pronounce principia (audio) , prin-​ˈki-​ \

Definition of principium

: a fundamental principle

First Known Use of principium

1550, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for principium

Latin, beginning, basis

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