principled

adjective
prin·ci·pled | \ ˈprin(t)-s(ə-)pəld , -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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And most liberals — who may well find the characterization here of Scalia as a lovable, kind, brilliant and principled curmudgeon infuriating — would not disagree. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "'The Originalist' at Court Theatre has a tricky job in portraying Antonin Scalia," 21 May 2018 Rogin says that while his characters were often hard and principled, the real Ermey was a family man and a kind and gentle soul who supported the men and women who serve. Time, "R. Lee Ermey, the Former Marine Who Starred in 'Full Metal Jacket,' Has Died Aged 74," 16 Apr. 2018 Rogin says that while his characters were often hard and principled, the real Ermey was a family man and a kind and gentle soul who supported the men and women who serve. Bloomberg.com, "'Full Metal Jacket' Actor R. Lee Ermey Dies At 74," 16 Apr. 2018 Bill Rogin, Ermey's longtime manager, told the Associated Press that while Ermey's characters were often hard and principled, the real Ermey was a family man and a kind and gentle soul who supported the men and women who serve. Glenn E. Rice, kansascity, "R. Lee Ermey, Kansas native and 'Full Metal Jacket' actor, dies at 74 | The Kansas City Star," 15 Apr. 2018 None of this is to deny the possibility that a principled conservative might oppose Trump. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "The Anti-Trump Right Has Become Trump’s Base," 3 July 2018 For principled conservatives to hear the call of moral duty and stand up for their beliefs until this madness passes. Michael Gerson, Anchorage Daily News, "Trumpism can’t be treated as a normal political moment," 1 Apr. 2018 While some American technology companies have taken more-or-less principled stands on the Chinese market because of the ethical dilemmas the government poses, American technology companies still made more than $100 billion there last year. Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "How Bad Is Facebook’s New China Problem?," 6 June 2018 In an act of principled defiance, IfNotNow turned them down, saying such closed-door sessions were useless and outdated. Abraham Riesman, Daily Intelligencer, "Can the young activists of IfNotNow change the conversation about Israel and the Palestinians, or will their contradictions hold them back?," 12 July 2018

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1635, in the meaning defined above

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principled

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: having, based on, or relating to strong beliefs about what is right and wrong

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