What does the word principle mean?

Usage examples for principle

  1. It was a relief to stop trying to circumvent the laws of nature by forcing two objects into the space that one will fill- which is the cardinal principle of the college girl's June packing- and Betty strolled slowly along under the elm- trees, in no haste to finish her errand. – Betty Wales Freshman by Edith K. Dunton
  2. Eliphaz shook his head on principle. – Stories By English Authors: London by Various