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 Meanings and Examples of PRINCIPLE
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principle
 n.  basic truth, law, or assumption; rule or law of nature; rule of personal conduct
Classic Sentence: (121 in 9 pages)
1  This, he said, contained the essential principle of Animalism.
Animal Farm By George Orwell
Get Context   In Chapter III
2  The other farmers sympathised in principle, but they did not at first give him much help.
Animal Farm By George Orwell
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3  It would have caused more bother than it was worth--asserting the democratic principle; standing in the crowd at the table.
Between the Acts (1941) By Virginia Woolf
Get Context   In Unit 8
4  This is the principle on which I bring up my own children, and this is the principle on which I bring up these children.
Hard Times By Charles Dickens
Get Context   In BOOK 1: CHAPTER I
5  A man who proceeds upon the principle that two and two are four, and nothing over, and who is not to be talked into allowing for anything over.
Hard Times By Charles Dickens
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6  I have always considered Bitzer a young man of the most upright principle; and to that I beg to bear my testimony.
Hard Times By Charles Dickens
Get Context   In BOOK 2: CHAPTER VII
7  It was a fundamental principle of the Gradgrind philosophy that everything was to be paid for.
Hard Times By Charles Dickens
Get Context   In BOOK 3: CHAPTER VIII
8  The principle was good in itself, but it may have been, and I believe has been, carried too far in your case.
Mansfield Park By Jane Austen
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXXII
9  His unsettled affections, wavering with his vanity, Maria's decided attachment, and no sufficient principle on either side, gave it possibility: Miss Crawford's letter stampt it a fact.
Mansfield Park By Jane Austen
Get Context   In CHAPTER XLVI
10  He feared that principle, active principle, had been wanting; that they had never been properly taught to govern their inclinations and tempers by that sense of duty which can alone suffice.
Mansfield Park By Jane Austen
Get Context   In CHAPTER XLVIII
11  'We are all weak creeturs,' said Mrs. Corney, laying down a general principle.
Oliver Twist By Charles Dickens
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXVII
12  This was the principle on which Anne wanted her father to be proceeding, his friends to be urging him.
Persuasion By Jane Austen
Get Context   In Chapter 2
13  To spare Henrietta from agitation seemed the governing principle.
Persuasion By Jane Austen
Get Context   In Chapter 12
14  That he was a sensible man, an agreeable man, that he talked well, professed good opinions, seemed to judge properly and as a man of principle, this was all clear enough.
Persuasion By Jane Austen
Get Context   In Chapter 17
15  There, he had learnt to distinguish between the steadiness of principle and the obstinacy of self-will, between the darings of heedlessness and the resolution of a collected mind.
Persuasion By Jane Austen
Get Context   In Chapter 23
Example Sentence: (66 in 5 pages)
16  Nuclear weapons seem to violate the just war principle of proportionality.
17  The organization works on the principle that all members have the same rights.
18  Haig went on to elucidate his personal principle of war.
19  In principle I agree with the idea, but in practice it's not always possible.
20  Fairness, rather than efficiency, is the guiding principle.
21  A major exception to the principle of proportionality relates to the sentencing of offenders for violent and sexual offences.
22  Her idea is sound in principle.
23  Reflexology is based on the principle that specific areas on the feet correspond to different parts of the body.
24  Why, in defiance of every precept and principle of this house, does she conform to the world so openly--here in an evangelical, charitable establishment--as to wear her hair one mass of curls?
25  A principle of allowing each state in a nation or federation to act independently of the central authority, especially in promoting its own economic interests.
26  I remember her as a slim young woman, with black hair, dark eyes, very nice features; but she had a capricious and hasty temper, and indifferent ideas of principle or justice.
27  Beijing is an inland city; water resource is becoming the principle challenge for city development.
28  On certain issues of principle, she refused to take a partisan stand, but let her conscience be her guide.
29  The gangster killed the only witness to his crime, on the principle that dead men tell no tales.
30  My recollection is that essentially nobody opposed the principle for 7 years.