principium

[prin-sip-ee-uhm]
noun, plural principia [prin-sip-ee-uh] .
a principle.

Origin:
1575–85; < Latin prīncipium literally, that which is first, equivalent to prīncip- (see prince) + -ium -ium

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principium (prɪnˈsɪpɪəm)
 
n , pl -ia
(usually plural) a principle, esp a fundamental one
 
[C17: Latin: an origin, beginning]

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Example sentences for principia
Much of principia mathematica included in logic was not logic for quine.
This contained the beginnings of the laws of motion that would inform the
  principia.
With the principia, newton became internationally recognised.
Nevertheless, some structure is indicated in principia discordia.
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