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American English: /ˈprɪnsəpəl/
British English: /ˈprɪnsɪp(ə)l/

Translation of principle in Spanish:


  • 1 countable 1.1 (basic fact, law) in principle
    en principio
    I work on the principle that nothing is impossible
    yo parto de la base de que nada es imposible
    on that principle
    sobre esa base
    partiendo de esa base
    to start from first principles
    empezar por lo básico or por los principios fundamentales
    to go back to first principles
    volver a lo básico or a los principios fundamentales
    Example sentences
    • And yet, of course, our principles of fairness and justice must be upheld.
    • Although its application was inevitably uneven, the Code Napoléon was intended to serve as a universal set of principles founded on reason.
    • Following the enlightenment principle of truth through reason alone, it was thought that history cannot be determined until theology has been removed.
    Example sentences
    • Yet, that was the age of levers and pulleys, and machines based on mechanical principles were being used as analog computers in many different ways.
    • The principles underlying steam power, machine tools, and mass production were less familiar, hence less transparent.
    • However, back then, explanations that were given to the general public regarding the actual principle of the flying machine appeared to be quite vague.
    1.2 (motive force) the pleasure principle
    el principio de placer
    Example sentences
    • If you can forsake your fundamental principles for any reason then you are not the kind of person who can take the country forward.
    • Rarely have I encountered anyone as passionate and determined in his principles as Donald Bruce, a true patriot and a man who led a remarkable life.
    • There are three key defining experiences in my life that form the foundation of my principles and beliefs.
  • 2 countable and uncountable (rule of conduct) a man/woman of (high) principle
    un hombre/una mujer de principios
    it was a matter of principle
    era una cuestión de principios
    I never borrow money, on principle or as a matter of principle
    nunca pido dinero prestado, por principio
    to have no principles
    no tener principios
    it is against my principles
    va contra mis principios
    she's always lived up to her principles
    siempre ha sido consecuente con sus principios
    it's the principle of the thing
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