One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the most elementary principles of physics’
truth, proposition, concept, idea, theory, postulate
assumption, basis, fundamental, essence, essential
2‘they stuck to the principle of laissez-faire’
doctrine, belief, creed, credo, attitude, rule, golden rule, guideline, formula, standard, criterion, tenet, truism, code, ethic, maxim, motto, axiom, aphorism, notion, dictum, dogma, canon, law
3‘a woman of principle’
morals, morality, moral standards, moral values, ethics, code of ethics, beliefs, credo, ideals, standards, integrity, uprightness, high-mindedness, righteousness, virtue, probity, rectitude, sense of honour, honour, decency, conscience, sense of duty, scruples
1‘there is no reason, in principle, why we couldn't work together’
in theory, theoretically, on paper, in an ideal world
2‘he has accepted the idea in principle’
in general, on balance, generally, in essence, by and large, on the whole, all in all, in the main, all things considered, taking everything into consideration
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