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  • noun Plural form of principle.


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  • That, as precedents for the construction of a successful flying machine, the investigation of some species of birds as a base of the principles of all is correct only in connection with the species and habits of the bird; that the _general mechanical principles_ of flight applicable to the _operation_ of the _same unit_ of wing in _all_ species are alone applicable to the flying machine.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 443, June 28, 1884 Various

  • Thus from universal and necessary ideas we rise to the _absolute Idea_, from immutable principles to a _First Principle of all principles_, a _First Thought_ of all thoughts -- that is, to _God_.

    Christianity and Greek Philosophy or, the relation between spontaneous and reflective thought in Greece and the positive teaching of Christ and His Apostles 1852

  • But sticking up for your principles is only admirable if your principles are admirable.

    Lance Mannion: 2009

  • But sticking up for your principles is only admirable if your principles are admirable.

    A matter of principle 2009

  • But after the platitudes — which they call principles — everything turned strange.

    CPAC: Conservatives Pout and Complain 2008

  • His message of self-esteem and success is built on what he calls the principles of "" possibility thinking, '' a phrase suggested by Mrs. Norman Vincent Peale to distinguish Schuller's message from the "" positive thinking '' coined by her husband.

    From The Glass House To The White House 2008

  • Up to this point we have practically had most of the other writers on the subject with us, as I have said already: for all of them identify their elements, and what they call their principles, with the contraries, giving no reason indeed for the theory, but contrained as it were by the truth itself.

    Physics Aristotle 2002

  • We did send down what we call our principles of effectiveness, and those are now being used by the states to make sure all of these programs develop data as to what their needs are, develop goals and purposes, then develop research-based programs, and develop evaluation.

    Press Briefing By Dick Riley And Ray Fisher ITY National Archives 1998

  • Bound up in these four principles is the intention to promote a way of life in other countries which not only mirrors our own fundamental values here in Canada, but also is the basis of future prosperity here and in other countries.

    Canada's World Role 1992

  • He had never seen Karoly at work: master Karoly had taught him and Bog-dan and Yuri what he called the principles of the arts, shown them the weather-glass and other such prognosticating devices; but the true magic master Karoly had never given mem, nor ever worked in front of witnesses, unless one counted his communing with the walls of the keep and the earth of the fields.

    The Goblin Mirror Cherryh, C. J. 1992


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