Zealous populist patriots might pal around on principle, but banding together effectively is another matter.
I am a strong believer in the "better late than never" principle.
But he could state the principle now, which I think would be the smart thing to do.
Others demurred on principle, choosing to defend their individual rights from an invasive government.
If you want to try to tell me this was an act of principle by the RNC, then put Mitt Romney in the White House for a moment.
As a matter of principle, Haviland asked for a week to decide.
Restoration of true Religion and Government on their first principle, v.285.
The importance of the principle of standardization in wage settlement.
That the first principle and foundation, in this as in everything else, is Good Sense, v.40.
Every principle of science, every deduction of philosophy, is a tool.
late 14c., "origin, source, beginning; rule of conduct; axiom, basic assumption; elemental aspect of a craft or discipline," from Anglo-French principle, Old French principe "origin, cause, principle," from Latin principium (plural principia) "a beginning, commencement, origin, first part," in plural "foundation, elements," from princeps (see prince). Used absolutely for (good or moral) principle from 1650s.
It is often easier to fight for principles than to live up to them. [Adlai Stevenson, speech, New York City, Aug. 27, 1952]Scientific sense of "general law of nature" is recorded from 1802. The English -l- apparently is by analogy of participle, etc.
principle prin·ci·ple (prĭn'sə-pəl)
A basic truth, law, or assumption.
A rule or law concerning the functioning of natural phenomena or mechanical processes.
One of the elements composing a chemical compound, especially one that gives some special quality or effect.
The essential ingredient in a drug.