Definition of First principle

1. Noun. The elementary stages of any subject (usually plural). "He mastered only the rudiments of geometry"

Definition of First principle

1. Noun. A basic, foundational proposition or assumption that cannot be deduced from any other proposition or assumption. ¹

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Literary usage of First principle

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1. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"... and as all ideas are but determinations of the idea of being, the first of laws and the first principle of obligation is: "Follow the light of reason", ..."

2. Social Statics: Or, The Conditions Essential to Human Happiness Specified by Herbert Spencer (1865)
"The process "by which we may develop this first principle into a system of equity, is sufficiently obvious. We have just to distinguish the actions that are ..."

3. The North American Review by Making of America Project, Jared Sparks, Edward Everett, James Russell Lowell, Henry Cabot Lodge (1880)
"Thus no matter what name is given to an absolute first principle, such a principle set up to explain the whence of what is, and the whither it is tending in ..."

4. Works by Herbert Spencer (1892)
"first principle. THUS are we brought by several routes to the same conclusion. ... Some will, perhaps, object to this first principle, that being in the ..."

5. Notes and Queries by Martim de Albuquerque (1866)
"When speaking logically of the first principle. of all these principles (say “ maxims “), we come to the cuique swim of Justinian in the Roman law. ..."

6. A Treatise on Equity Jurisprudence, as Administered in the United States of by John Norton Pomeroy (1899)
"first principle: Uniformity of jurisdiction. { 293. Second principle: Identity of jurisdiction. § 294. Third principle: Extent of the jurisdiction. § 295. ..."

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