Main Entry: prinĚciĚple

Pronunciation: 'prin(t)-s(&-)p&l, -s&-b&l

Function: noun

Etymology: Middle English, modification of Middle French principe, 

from Latin principium beginning, from princip-, princeps initiator -- 

more at PRINCE

Date: 14th century

1 a : a comprehensive and fundamental law, doctrine, or assumption b 

(1) : a rule or code of conduct (2) : habitual devotion to right 

principles  c : the laws or facts of nature 

underlying the working of an artificial device

2 : a primary source : ORIGIN

3 a : an underlying faculty or endowment  b : an ingredient (as a chemical) that 

exhibits or imparts a characteristic quality

4 capitalized, Christian Science : a divine principle : GOD

- in principle : with respect to fundamentals 

usage Although nearly every handbook and many dictionaries warn 

against confusing principle and principal, many people still do. 

Principle is only a noun; principal is both adjective and noun. If 

you are unsure which noun you want, read the definitions in this 


Policeman: RM20 payment is quite little for all the kicks and

           bruises that me and my friends give you.

DemoGuy:   I am here because I am seeking for justice and a better

           Malaysia.  No amount of money can make someone risk getting

           beaten like a dog by you might as well make 

           a story that I was paid RM2000.  I am brave enough to

           voice my discontent because I have principles that I 

           believe in.

Policeman: Principle? Is that a sort of devident of interest

           in money?

DemoGuy  : haha yeah, that can make a money out of your 

           principles.  Just look at Hishamuddin Hussin.  His

           principle is the principle of "yes, yes and more yesses".

           But he makes his living mostly on his principle of

           "amplifying the boss". If the boss says 1,2,3 he would

           amplify the message to 4,5,6,7,8,9....