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

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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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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