Today’s Word: principle

November 3, 2017      =========

☆  principle  主義


A principle is a general belief that you have about the way that you should behave, which influences your behavior. For example, most people will never do something that goes against their principles, so if they believe in honesty, then they won’t lie because of their principles.

In fact, there is even an idiom about refusing to do something “on principle.” In other words, you refuse to do something because of a particular belief that you have. For example:

He refused on principle to agree to the changes to the contract.
She said she would vote against the new law on principle.
Her father said he would not lend her money on principle.

Can you use principle or on principle in a sentence?