Definition of first principles in English:

first principles

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noun

  • The fundamental concepts or assumptions on which a theory, system, or method is based: I think we have to start again and go right back to first principles
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    • The purpose of Rawl's work was to create a system of justice from first principles, creating a philosophical basis for a just society.
    • I suspect that the universe is deterministic and based upon a set of first principles that are probably not comprehensible to any sort of being that is bound to causality.
    • Incorporating these features enables the method to more effectively identify first principles.

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