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A fundamental truth or proposition that serves as the foundation for a system of belief, behavior or reasoning
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“The first principle of justice is concerned with how well a political order secures the basic rights and liberties of its members.”
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A rule used to determine one's choices
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“The company says it will stick to its principle of hiring based on merit.”
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(sometimes pluralized) The quality of being upright or righteous
“As a man of principle, I cannot in good conscience acquiesce to your depraved request.”
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That from which anything proceeds
“The soul of man is an active principle.”
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The quality of being morally good or virtuous
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A moral principle that governs the conduct of a person or organization
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Behavior that is considered acceptable or polite to most members of a society
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A non-specific rule or principle that provides direction to action or behavior
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An explanation for an occurrence
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The intrinsic nature or quality of something, especially abstract, which determines its character
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A statement or theory that is put forward as a premise to be maintained or proved
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A theory or attitude that acts as a guiding principle for behavior
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A part or component of something
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An intention for which something is hoped to be accomplished
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A set of rules to guide behavior and decisions in a specified situation
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The fact or state of being true or accurate
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The necessary basis for something to develop
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The declared policy of a political party or group
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One's humanity or benevolence
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An established or official way of doing something
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