principle

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principle(
prihn
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sih
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puhl
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
noun
1. (foundation)
a. el principio
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(M)
The competition is based on the principle of fair play.El concurso se basa en el principio del juego limpio.
2. (rule of conduct)
a. el principio
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(M)
He is an upright man who has never betrayed his principles.Es un hombre íntegro que jamás traicionó sus principios.
3. (science)
a. el principio
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(M)
Can you explain the principle of relativity to me?¿Me puedes explicar el principio de la relatividad?
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principle
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
Noun
1. (general)
a. el principio
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(M)
in principleen principio
on principlepor principios
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principle [ˈprɪnsəpl]
noun
also (Sci) principio (m)
the basic principles of physics los principios básicos de física
he has no principles all these machines work on the same principle homoeopathy is based on the principle of "like cures like" I try to live according to up to my principles he was torn between principle and expediency a violation of the basic principles of Marxism the doctrine was based on three fundamental principles these people lack all understanding of scientific principles the principles of quantum theory she abandoned her principles he said he was willing to accept the principle of one man, one vote
the principle that ... el principio según el cual ...
they have to accept the principle that development requires investment we need to return to the principle that if a person works, they are out of poverty air conditioners exploit the principle that water vapour condenses out of air
to lay it down as a principle that ... sentar el principio de que ...
it is or it goes against my principles va (en) contra (de) mis principios
Buck never allowed himself to be bullied into doing anything that went against his principles I knew it was immoral and against my principles but I needed the money
to go back to first principles volver a los principios (fundamentales)
to argue from first principles construir un argumento sobre los principios (fundamentales)
to have high principles tener principios nobles
the prince's own high principles would make it extremely unlikely that he would accept the throne if he was divorced you have maintained your high principles and refused to take the line of least resistance
in principle en principio
to reach an agreement in principle llegar a un acuerdo de principio or en principio
/I agree with it in principle/ but I doubt if it will happen in practice the plans have been approved in principle they have approved in principle a major reform programme in principle he was quite right even assuming this to be in principle possible, it will not be achieved soon the kind of thing I was doing was, in principle, applicable to great numbers of tests I wish to know if you agree in principle to the idea we are willing, in principle, to look affresh at the 1921 constitution in principle I can see the point of taxation
I make it a principle never to lend money tengo por norma no prestar nunca dinero; yo, por principio, nunca presto dinero
as a matter of principle por principio
he seemed to reject his parents as a matter of principle many republicans had always distrusted the naval officer corps as a matter of principle
it's a matter of principle es cuestión de principios
in the end we have to keep fighting, it's a matter of principle it's not just a matter of principle
a man/woman of (high) principles un hombre/una mujer de principios (nobles)
she's a woman of principle - she stood for what she believes Lord Callaghan said: "he was a man of the highest principles
on principle por principio; por una cuestión de principios
she refused, on principle, to do it he would vote against it on principle
it's the principle of the thing es cuestión de principios
I have not accepted any money - it's the principle of the thing, you know
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