[prin-suh-puh ld]


imbued with or having moral principles (often used in combination): high-principled.

Origin of principled

First recorded in 1635–45; principle + -ed3
Related formsmis·prin·ci·pled, adjectivenon·prin·ci·pled, adjectivewell-prin·ci·pled, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  1. having high moral principles
  2. (in combination)high-principled
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Word Origin and History for principled

"honorable, moral," 1690s, from principle, which was used as a verb 17c.-18c. meaning "to ground in principles."

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