Principle etymology


English word principle comes from Latin capio (I capture, seize, take. I take in, understand. I take on.), Proto-Italic *priisemos (Foremost, first.), Proto-Italic - kaps, Latin ceps

Etymology of principle

Detailed word origin of principle

Dictionary entry Language Definition
capio Latin (lat) I capture, seize, take. I take in, understand. I take on.
*priisemos Proto-Italic (itc-pro) Foremost, first.
- kaps Proto-Italic (itc-pro)
ceps Latin (lat)
primus Latin (lat) (ordinal) first.
*priisemokaps Proto-Italic (itc-pro) Leader Chief, distinguished.
*primoceps Latin (lat)
princeps civitatis Latin (lat)
principium Latin (lat) (in the plural) the elements, the first principles. (military, in the plural) the front ranks, camp headquarters. A beginning, an origin. A groundwork, a foundation.
principe Old French (fro)
principle English (en) (transitive) To equip with principles; to establish, or fix, in certain principles; to impress with any tenet or rule of conduct. (obsolete) A beginning.. (physics) A rule or law of nature, or the basic idea on how the laws of nature are applied.. (sometimes, pluralized) Moral rule or aspect.. A fundamental assumption or guiding belief.. A fundamental essence, particularly one producing a [...]

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