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[prin-suh-puh ld] /ˈprɪn sə pəld/
imbued with or having moral principles (often used in combination):
Origin of principled
1635-45; principle + -ed3
Related forms
misprincipled, adjective
nonprincipled, adjective
well-principled, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for principled
  • One-tailed t-tests are seldom used, but for no particularly principled reason.
  • With billions of dollars at stake, the line has blurred between principled players and unscrupulous schemers.
  • For this principled stand he was criticized as being unpatriotic.
  • But the motivation behind that dabbling is often principled outrage and a drive to right wrongs.
  • Either become real or be labeled hereinafter as someone lacking the courage and principled conviction to stand behind his words.
  • All this talk of freedom of choice and freedom from government control comforts the principled.
  • principled libertarianism is an interesting and even tempting idea.
  • So what he did was draw clear lines and make a principled fight.
  • Arguments about federalization tend to be more political than principled.
  • Yes-if they similarly laid the groundwork for a long, principled, and sustainable struggle.
British Dictionary definitions for principled


  1. having high moral principles
  2. (in combination): high-principled
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Word Origin and History for principled

"honorable, moral," 1690s, from principle, which was used as a verb 17c.-18c. meaning "to ground in principles."

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