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accounting principle

  • noun a principle that governs current accounting practice and that is used as a reference to determine the appropriate treatment of complex transactions
    accounting standard.
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archimedes' principle

  • noun (hydrostatics) the apparent loss in weight of a body immersed in a fluid is equal to the weight of the displaced fluid
    law of Archimedes.
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basic principle

  • noun principles from which other truths can be derived
    fundamentals; basics; bedrock; basic principle.
    • first you must learn the fundamentals
    • let's get down to basics
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bitter principle

  • noun any one of several hundred compounds having a bitter taste; not admitting of chemical classification
    bitter principle.
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Bitter principle, Principle of contradiction

  • etc. See under Bitter, Contradiction, etc.
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Bitter principles

  • noun any one of several hundred compounds having a bitter taste; not admitting of chemical classification
    bitter principle.
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  • (Chem.), a class of substances, extracted from vegetable products, having strong bitter taste but with no sharply defined chemical characteristics.
Webster 1913

exclusion principle

  • noun no two electrons or protons or neutrons in a given system can be in states characterized by the same set of quantum numbers
    exclusion principle.
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first principle

  • noun the elementary stages of any subject (usually plural)
    ABC; rudiment; alphabet; first rudiment; ABC's; ABCs.
    • he mastered only the rudiments of geometry
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fundamental principle

  • noun principles from which other truths can be derived
    fundamentals; basics; bedrock; basic principle.
    • first you must learn the fundamentals
    • let's get down to basics
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generally accepted accounting principles

  • noun a collection of rules and procedures and conventions that define accepted accounting practice; includes broad guidelines as well as detailed procedures
    GAAP.
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gestalt principle of organization

  • noun a principle of Gestalt psychology that identifies factors leading to particular forms of perceptual organization
    Gestalt law of organization.
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huygens' principle of superposition

  • noun the displacement of any point due to the superposition of wave systems is equal to the sum of the displacements of the individual waves at that point
    Huygens' principle of superposition.
    • the principle of superposition is the basis of the wave theory of light
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in principle

  • adverb with regard to fundamentals although not concerning details
    in theory; in essence.
    • in principle, we agree
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indeterminacy principle

  • noun (quantum theory) the theory that it is impossible to measure both energy and time (or position and momentum) completely accurately at the same time
    indeterminacy principle.
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judicial principle

  • noun (law) a principle underlying the formulation of jurisprudence
    judicial principle; judicial doctrine.
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le chatelier principle

  • noun the principle that if any change is imposed on a system that is in equilibrium then the system tends to adjust to a new equilibrium counteracting the change
    Le Chatelier's principle; Le Chatelier principle; Le Chatelier's law.
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le chatelier's principle

  • noun the principle that if any change is imposed on a system that is in equilibrium then the system tends to adjust to a new equilibrium counteracting the change
    Le Chatelier's principle; Le Chatelier principle; Le Chatelier's law.
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le chatelier-braun principle

  • noun the principle that if any change is imposed on a system that is in equilibrium then the system tends to adjust to a new equilibrium counteracting the change
    Le Chatelier's principle; Le Chatelier principle; Le Chatelier's law.
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  • noun (law) a principle underlying the formulation of jurisprudence
    judicial principle; judicial doctrine.
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life principle

  • noun a hypothetical force to which the functions and qualities peculiar to living things are sometimes ascribed
    life principle.
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localisation principle

  • noun (physiology) the principle that specific functions have relatively circumscribed locations in some particular part or organ of the body
    localization of function; localization; localisation of function; localisation; localisation principle.
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localization principle

  • noun (physiology) the principle that specific functions have relatively circumscribed locations in some particular part or organ of the body
    localization of function; localization; localisation of function; localisation; localisation principle.
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mass-action principle

  • noun (neurology) the principle that the cortex of the brain operates as a coordinated system with large masses of neural tissue involved in all complex functioning
    mass action.
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moral principle

  • noun the principles of right and wrong that are accepted by an individual or a social group
    ethic; value-system; value orientation.
    • the Puritan ethic
    • a person with old-fashioned values
  • noun the principle that conduct should be moral
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pauli exclusion principle

  • noun no two electrons or protons or neutrons in a given system can be in states characterized by the same set of quantum numbers
    exclusion principle.
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pleasure principle

  • noun (psychoanalysis) the governing principle of the id; the principle that an infant seeks gratification and fails to distinguish fantasy from reality
    pleasure-pain principle; pleasure principle.
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pleasure-pain principle

  • noun (psychoanalysis) the governing principle of the id; the principle that an infant seeks gratification and fails to distinguish fantasy from reality
    pleasure-pain principle; pleasure principle.
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pleasure-unpleasure principle

  • noun (psychoanalysis) the governing principle of the id; the principle that an infant seeks gratification and fails to distinguish fantasy from reality
    pleasure-pain principle; pleasure principle.
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principle of equivalence

  • noun (physics) the principle that an observer has no way of distinguishing whether his laboratory is in a uniform gravitational field or is in an accelerated frame of reference
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principle of liquid displacement

  • noun (hydrostatics) the volume of a body immersed in a fluid is equal to the volume of the displaced fluid
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principle of parsimony

  • noun the principle that entities should not be multiplied needlessly; the simplest of two competing theories is to be preferred
    Ockham's Razor; law of parsimony; Occam's Razor.
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principle of relativity

  • noun (physics) a universal law that states that the laws of mechanics are not affected by a uniform rectilinear motion of the system of coordinates to which they are referred
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principle of superposition

  • noun (geology) the principle that in a series of stratified sedimentary rocks the lowest stratum is the oldest
    principle of superposition; superposition.
  • noun the displacement of any point due to the superposition of wave systems is equal to the sum of the displacements of the individual waves at that point
    Huygens' principle of superposition.
    • the principle of superposition is the basis of the wave theory of light
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Proximate principle

  • (Physiol. Chem.), one of a class of bodies existing ready formed in animal and vegetable tissues, and separable by chemical analysis, as albumin, sugar, collagen, fat, etc.
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reality principle

  • noun (psychoanalysis) the governing principle of the ego; the principle that as a child grows it becomes aware of the real environment and the need to accommodate to it
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superposition principle

  • noun (geology) the principle that in a series of stratified sedimentary rocks the lowest stratum is the oldest
    principle of superposition; superposition.
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uncertainty principle

  • noun (quantum theory) the theory that it is impossible to measure both energy and time (or position and momentum) completely accurately at the same time
    indeterminacy principle.
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Vital principle

  • noun a hypothetical force to which the functions and qualities peculiar to living things are sometimes ascribed
    life principle.
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  • an immaterial force, to which the functions peculiar to living beings are ascribed.
Webster 1913

working principle

  • noun a rule that is adequate to permit work to be done
    working rule.
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