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

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Officials framed the decision as a principled push toward self-reliance. The Christian Science Monitor, "The path to meaningful employment," 13 Aug. 2019 His enthusiasm and ability to draw connections between seemingly disparate topics was unparalleled, and Booker was exceptionally intellectually curious and principled. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "People who knew Cory Booker at Stanford have a lot to say about him," 31 July 2019 Ultimately, though, the diagnosis may be less illuminating: Graham was never the principled Republican the press made him out to be. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The Banality of Lindsey Graham," 22 July 2019 These claims by the president and other Republican politicians at Congressional oversight hearings have become a perfect pantomime of principled outrage by everyone involved. Noam Cohen, WIRED, "The Truth About Trump’s Love-Hate Relationship With Big Tech," 18 July 2019 Some principled conservatives were willing to step up. Timothy L. O'brien, The Denver Post, "O’Brien: Trump’s “go back” tweets leave no room for doubt," 15 July 2019 Partisans have all manner of incentives to poke holes in the opposition’s arguments and proposals — some patriotic and principled, some more base and selfish. Jonah Goldberg, National Review, "Unity Can Be Worse than Partisanship," 26 July 2019 By most accounts, Lugar was an exceptional leader, bright, principled and respectful of others. Peter Krouse,, "Civic leaders in Indianapolis used window of opportunity to birth “Unigov”: Cleveland 2030, A Way Forward," 9 July 2019 Some commentators found his attitude childish and rude, while others saw it as principled and morally steadfast. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "Donald Trump’s Royal Treatment," 4 June 2019

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First Known Use of principled

1635, in the meaning defined above

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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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concealment of treason or felony

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