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first principle

noun
1.
any axiom, law, or abstraction assumed and regarded as representing the highest possible degree of generalization.
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  • The first principle is that groups should be composed of people with knowledge relevant to a topic.
  • The key to getting something out of those types of cognitive activities sort of relates to the first principle of seeking novelty.
  • It's the first principle in running a police organization.
  • The weak and the botched must perish: that is the first principle of our humanity.
  • The first principle is that ballots should be readable and writable by both people and machines.
  • The first principle is that transmission pricing should conform to the traditional embedded cost revenue requirement.
British Dictionary definitions for first principle

first principle

noun (usually pl)
1.
one of the fundamental assumptions on which a particular theory or procedure is thought to be based
2.
an axiom of a mathematical or scientific theory
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