prin·​ci·​pled | \ ˈprin(t)-s(ə-)pəld How to pronounce principled (audio) , -sə-bəld \

Definition of principled

: exhibiting, based on, or characterized by principle often used in combination

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Examples of principled in a Sentence

She took a principled stand on funding public education. a high-principled art expert who always told clients what he honestly thought their items were worth
Recent Examples on the Web So my opponents ran ads telling people I was affiliated with a hate group—all for counseling law students on how to lead a principled legal career. Brian Hagedorn, WSJ, "Bigoted Attacks on Amy Coney Barrett Will Backfire," 7 Oct. 2020 Any principled theory of constitutional interpretation applied by the court will sometimes yield unfortunate policy results. Steve Chapman Chicago Tribune, Star Tribune, "Amy Coney Barrett's religion is fine," 4 Oct. 2020 Still, if Scalia is his gold-standard of a justice, shouldn’t McConnell follow Scalia’s lead and abide by a principled confirmation process? Steven D. Reske, Star Tribune, "What would Justice Antonin Scalia do?," 22 Sep. 2020 And this, as Thoreau surmised, has had an effect on the willingness of citizens to take principled action against an unjust government. R.h. Lossin, The New York Review of Books, "The Revolutionary Thoreau," 4 Sep. 2020 Stefanie Lenway, dean of the Opus College of Business, has global ambitions that the center will demonstrate that successful business models can be built on foundations of ethical and principled leadership. Patrick Kennedy, Star Tribune, "Toro pays tribute to former CEO Melrose with gift to St. Thomas business school," 31 July 2020 The future of the Republican Party must be rooted in a principled, next-generation conservatism. CNN, "Opinion: The Republican Party has a tough choice to make," 21 Aug. 2020 Melrose’s name that will recognizes principled leadership. Patrick Kennedy, Star Tribune, "Toro pays tribute to former CEO Melrose with gift to St. Thomas business school," 31 July 2020 But the tech firms can afford to take such a principled stand because they are shut out of China's mainland. Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, "A hotel-turned-security office signals Hong Kong’s big chill," 9 July 2020

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First Known Use of principled

1635, in the meaning defined above

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“Principled.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of principled

: having, based on, or relating to strong beliefs about what is right and wrong

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