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

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