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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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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His long, quiet campaign for the leadership has been rooted in principled disagreement with government policy and expressed in moderate terms. John O'sullivan, National Review, "Can Anyone Beat Boris?," 9 July 2019 Having watched the horrors of Bosnia and Rwanda in the early 1990s—and the failures of intervention—Blair himself became an advocate for humanitarian intervention on principled grounds. Janine Di Giovanni, The New York Review of Books, "Sierra Leone, 2000: A Case History in Successful Interventionism," 7 June 2019 Given that any mathematical model can calculate the probability of an event to hundreds of decimal places, the principled way to decide how many of these are relevant depends on what the margin of error is likely to be. Quanta Magazine, "Solution: ‘Which Forecasts Are True?’," 26 Oct. 2016 That’s not a good scenario for anyone involved because a predictably unpredictable person lacking self-confidence, restraint and principled, courageous advisers may eventually try burning things down just to prove his point. Timothy L. O'brien, The Denver Post, "O’Brien: Donald Trump’s failures — like his abandoned tariffs on Mexico — make him even more dangerous," 10 June 2019 Kaiser is principled about maintaining a social, supportive environment for those who take AKT classes. NBC News, "How Anna Kaiser became the reigning queen of fitness," 5 June 2019 Although Adams was one of the most principled men in public life, Jackson’s supporters successfully portrayed him as a cheater. David S. Heidler And Jeanne T. Heidler, WSJ, "Midterms Have Been Punishing Incumbents Since 1826," 25 Oct. 2018 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

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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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