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principle

noun

Synonyms of principle

something (such as a belief or value) that helps a person know what is right and wrong and that influences their actions
  • He refused to participate on principle.
  • It is against her principles to steal.

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The first known use of principle was in the 14th century

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“Principle.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/principle. Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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