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principium

[prin-sip-ee-uh m] /prɪnˈsɪp i əm/
noun, plural principia
[prin-sip-ee-uh] /prɪnˈsɪp i ə/ (Show IPA)
1.
a principle.
Origin
1575-1585
1575-85; < Latin prīncipium literally, that which is first, equivalent to prīncip- (see prince) + -ium -ium
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British Dictionary definitions for principia

principium

/prɪnˈsɪpɪəm/
noun (pl) -ia (-ɪə)
1.
(usually pl) a principle, esp a fundamental one
Word Origin
C17: Latin: an origin, beginning
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Word Origin and History for principia
n.

"fundamental principles," plural of Latin principium "beginning, origin" (see principle (n.)). Especially as the short form of the title of Newton's book (published 1687).

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