from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A principle, especially a basic one.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of four solemn argumentations formerly held by every sententiary bachelor in theology, one upon each of the four books of Peter Lombard's “Sentences.”
Latin prīncipium; see principle.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)