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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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  • One of the legal principium, which must apply when interpreting a zoning ordinance, is that the ordinance must be read as a whole.
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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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