principled

adjective
prin·​ci·​pled | \ ˈprin(t)-s(ə-)pəld , -sə-bəld\

Definition of principled

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

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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

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Win or lose, principled opposition on trade would count for more than op-ed declarations. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Romney’s Reproach," 2 Jan. 2019 That’s terrifying to me, the lack of principled opposition. Sean Illing, Vox, "Veep creator Armando Iannucci on Trump, democracy, and his new dark comedy about Stalin," 27 Mar. 2018 Renowned astronomer Galileo Galilei has been lauded for centuries for his courageous principled stance against the Catholic Church. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Newly discovered letter by Galileo resolves puzzling historical mystery," 22 Sep. 2018 Looking in the rearview mirror, the last Republican president suddenly appears measured, compassionate, principled — in short, presidential. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Trump voters stay loyal because they feel disrespected," 14 May 2018 The Democratic opposition to additional walling is more situational than principled. Jason L. Riley, WSJ, "An Immigration Compromise That Just Might Work," 18 Dec. 2018 Sansa showed a remarkable ability to adapt to her horrible circumstances, developing a degree of moral flexibility that enabled her to do what was necessary to win—unlike so many of her highly principled family members. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "New study gives some handy tips on how to survive on Game of Thrones," 9 Dec. 2018 Jon Carson, who ran her campaign, remains an admirer, but managing such a principled candidate didn’t make his job easy. Rebecca Johnson, Vogue, "Senator Tammy Duckworth on the Attack that Took Her Legs—and Having a Baby at 50," 12 Sep. 2018 His career was a testament to how far principled conservatism could take you in South Carolina politics. Ezra Klein, Vox, "The fall of the not-quite-Trumpers," 6 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of principled

1635, in the meaning defined above

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principled

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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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