principle

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major change in attitude or principle or point of view about-face , policy change , reversal , volte-face
principle of complete and unrestricted power in government absolutism , totalism , totalitarianism
principle that governs current accounting practice and that is used as a reference to determine the appropriate treatment of complex transactions accounting principle , accounting standard
basis or fundamental principle anlage , bedrock , substratum
principle pleading by the defendant in response to plaintiff's complaint; in criminal law it consists of the defendant's plea of `guilty' or `not guilty' (or nolo contendere); in civil law it must contain denials of all allegations in the plaintiff's comp answer
(psychology) a theory that association is the basic principle of mental activity associationism , association theory
principle that equal volumes of all gases (given the same temperature and pressure) contain equal numbers of molecules Avogadro's hypothesis , Avogadro's law
rule or principle, recognized axiom , creed , maxim , precept , tenet
basic underlying principle axiom , elixir , postulate , premise
principle, self-evident axiom , postulate
principle bad character in a film or work of fiction baddie , villain
structure or device in which one end is counterbalanced by the other (on the principle of the seesaw) bascule
group that defends a principle bastion
(physics) statistical law obeyed by a system of particles whose wave function is not changed when two particles are interchanged (the Pauli exclusion principle does not apply) Bose-Einstein statistics
any particle that obeys Bose-Einstein statistics but not the Pauli exclusion principle; all nuclei with an even mass number are bosons boson
series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end campaign , cause , crusade , drive , effort , movement
religious principle or beliefs catechism , creed , doctrine , dogma , gospel , tenets
moral principle that behavior should be determined by duty categorical imperative
commercial principle that without a warranty the buyer takes upon himself the risk of quality caveat emptor
United States physicist (born in China) who collaborated with Tsung Dao Lee in disproving the principle of conservation of parity (born in 1922) Chen N. Yang , Yang Chen Ning
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