Words nearby principle
Idioms for principle
- according to personal rules for right conduct; as a matter of moral principle: He refused on principle to agree to the terms of the treaty.
- according to a fixed rule, method, or practice: He drank hot milk every night on principle.
Origin of principle
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH principleprincipal principle (see usage note at principal) (see synonym study at the current entry)
synonym study for principle
usage note for principle
British Dictionary definitions for on principle (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for on principle (2 of 2)
Word Origin for principle
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Medical definitions for on principle
Idioms and Phrases with on principle (1 of 2)
On moral or ethical grounds. As James Russell Lowell wrote about Alexander Pope in 1871, “There was a time when I could not read Pope, but disliked him on principle.” [First half of 1800s]
According to a fixed rule or practice. For example, The police were locking up the demonstrators on principle. [First half of 1800s]
on general principle. For no special reason, in general, as in Dean won't touch broccoli on general principle. [First half of 1800s]
Idioms and Phrases with on principle (2 of 2)
see in principle; on principle.