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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.”

Etymologies

Latin prīncipium; see principle.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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