One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
That which results from or is produced by a principle; the product of a principle or principles.
with object To cause to begin; to originate, initiate, set in motion.
Mid 17th century (in an earlier sense). From post-classical Latin principiatus, past participle of principiare. With use as noun compare post-classical Latin principiatum (neuter) derivative of a first principle<br>early 17th century; earliest use found in Anthony Sherley (1565–?1636), adventurer and diplomat in the Persian service. From post-classical Latin principiat-, past participial stem of principiare to initiate, to derive from first principles (frequently from 1275 in British sources: see also note below) from classical Latin principium.
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