principium

[ prin-sip-ee-uh m ]
/ prɪnˈsɪp i əm /

noun, plural prin·cip·i·a [prin-sip-ee-uh] /prɪnˈsɪp i ə/.

a principle.

Origin of principium

1575–85; < Latin prīncipium literally, that which is first, equivalent to prīncip- (see prince) + -ium -ium
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principium

/ (prɪnˈsɪpɪəm) /

noun plural -ia (-ɪə)

(usually plural) a principle, esp a fundamental one

Word Origin for principium

C17: Latin: an origin, beginning
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