any axiom, law, or abstraction assumed and regarded as representing the highest possible degree of generalization.
Principal vs. Principle
Is the head of a school called a principal or a principle? These two words are frustratingly similar, leaving even the most experienced English speakers to second-guess which word means what. Today, we’ll discuss the distinct meanings between these easy-to-confuse terms and a little trick to help differentiate between your principals and your principles. What is a principal? A principal is “a chief or head, …
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noun (usually plural)
one of the fundamental assumptions on which a particular theory or procedure is thought to be based
an axiom of a mathematical or scientific theory
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