principled

adjective

prin·​ci·​pled ˈprin(t)-s(ə-)pəld How to pronounce principled (audio)
-sə-bəld
: exhibiting, based on, or characterized by principle
often used in combination

Example Sentences

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 Adopting this mindset can help you to overcome short-term discomforts and failures emotionally and to adopt a principled way of acting that brings dividends in the long run. Abdo Riani, Forbes, 19 Dec. 2022 Revenue proved more important than the ethical implications of maximizing user engagement, despite other companies taking a more principled approach. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 12 Sep. 2022 In his memoir, Bibi shapes his antipathy and estrangement into a principled stand. Jane Eisner, Washington Post, 9 Nov. 2022 That statement conveyed a principled and admirable stance against the antisemitism shown by the rapper formerly known as Kanye West–a full two weeks after his extremely antisemitic tweet on Oct.10. Bygleb Tsipursky, Fortune, 8 Nov. 2022 McMullin has tried to use the texts to puncture the reputation Lee has worked to cultivate as a principled conservative deeply committed to the Constitution. The Salt Lake Tribune, 22 Oct. 2022 McMullin has tried to use the texts to puncture the reputation Lee has worked to cultivate as a principled conservative deeply committed to the Constitution. CBS News, 22 Oct. 2022 Indeed, perhaps the biggest boosters of the CEO Council: employees, who appreciate their bosses taking a principled stand. Randall Lane, Forbes, 3 Oct. 2022 Colleagues on both sides of the aisle described him as principled and didactic. Ovetta Wiggins, Washington Post, 14 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1635, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of principled was in 1635

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“Principled.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/principled. Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

principled

adjective
prin·​ci·​pled ˈprin(t)-s(ə-)pəld How to pronounce principled (audio)
-sə-bəld
: based on or marked by principle
high-principled
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