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 Republicans have seized on the disruptions, claiming they were caused by staff shortages prompted by principled workers refusing to get vaccinated., 13 Oct. 2021 Republicans have seized on the disruptions, claiming they were caused by staff shortages prompted by principled workers refusing to get vaccinated. Annie Linskey, Fenit Nirappil, Ian Duncan, Anchorage Daily News, 13 Oct. 2021 Emails, exchanged in a seven-year span starting in 2011 between Gruden and his longtime friend Allen, then president of Washington’s N.F.L. team, show Gruden hardly living up to his reputation as a principled, old-school leader. Kurt Streeter, New York Times, 12 Oct. 2021 Mike’s acceptance of Howard’s payback mission is both deeply principled and blindly foolhardy. Richard Brod, The New Yorker, 16 Sep. 2021 Within the narrative world of Star Wars, to be a member of the Jedi is seemingly to be a paragon of goodness, a principled guardian of order and protector of the innocent. J. W. Hammond, Scientific American, 22 Sep. 2021 But it must be done in a principled and clear-eyed way. Annabelle Timsit, Quartz, 23 Aug. 2021 Sam’s a sensitive and principled man working in a field where sensitivity and principles aren’t necessarily professional advantages. Keith Phipps, Vulture, 6 Aug. 2021 It is left to the younger generation — Eddie’s headstrong, independent daughters, Maggie and Lizzie, and Willie’s principled son, Cal — to take on the social, environmental and emotional sins of their fathers. San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 July 2021

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First Known Use of principled

1635, in the meaning defined above

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“Principled.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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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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