Synonyms for principle

Synonyms for (noun) principle

Synonyms: principle, rationale

Definition: (law) an explanation of the fundamental reasons (especially an explanation of the working of some device in terms of laws of nature)

Usage: the rationale for capital punishment; the principles of internal-combustion engines

Similar words: explanation

Definition: thought that makes something comprehensible


Synonyms: principle

Definition: a basic truth or law or assumption

Usage: the principles of democracy

Similar words: law, natural law

Definition: a rule or body of rules of conduct inherent in human nature and essential to or binding upon human society


Synonyms: principle, rule

Definition: a rule or law concerning a natural phenomenon or the function of a complex system

Usage: the principle of the conservation of mass; the principle of jet propulsion; the right-hand rule for inductive fields

Similar words: law, law of nature

Definition: a generalization that describes recurring facts or events in nature

Usage: the laws of thermodynamics


Synonyms: principle, rule

Definition: a basic generalization that is accepted as true and that can be used as a basis for reasoning or conduct

Usage: their principles of composition characterized all their works

Similar words: generalisation, generality, generalization

Definition: an idea or conclusion having general application

Usage: he spoke in broad generalities


Synonyms: principle

Definition: a rule or standard especially of good behavior

Usage: a man of principle; he will not violate his principles

Similar words: value

Definition: an ideal accepted by some individual or group

Usage: he has old-fashioned values


Synonyms: precept, principle

Definition: rule of personal conduct

Similar words: rule, prescript

Definition: prescribed guide for conduct or action