[prin-sip-ee-uh m]
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Origin of principium

1575–85; < Latin prīncipium literally, that which is first, equivalent to prīncip- (see prince) + -ium -ium Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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noun plural -ia (-ɪə)
  1. (usually plural) a principle, esp a fundamental one

Word Origin for principium

C17: Latin: an origin, beginning
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