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Principle vs. Feature

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Principlenoun

A fundamental assumption or guiding belief.

‘We need some sort of principles to reason from.’;

Featurenoun

(obsolete) One's structure or make-up: form, shape, bodily proportions.

Principlenoun

A rule used to choose among solutions to a problem.

‘The principle of least privilege holds that a process should only receive the permissions it needs.’;

Featurenoun

An important or main item.

Principlenoun

Moral rule or aspect.

‘I don't doubt your principles.’; ‘You are clearly a person of principle.’; ‘It's the principle of the thing; I won't do business with someone I can't trust.’;

Featurenoun

(media) A long, prominent article or item in the media, or the department that creates them; frequently used technically to distinguish content from news.

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Principlenoun

(physics) A rule or law of nature, or the basic idea on how the laws of nature are applied.

‘Bernoulli's Principle’; ‘The Pauli Exclusion Principle prevents two fermions from occupying the same state.’; ‘The principle of the internal combustion engine’;

Featurenoun

Any of the physical constituents of the face (eyes, nose, etc.).

Principlenoun

A fundamental essence, particularly one producing a given quality.

‘Many believe that life is the result of some vital principle.’;

Featurenoun

(computing) A beneficial capability of a piece of software.

Principlenoun

(obsolete) A beginning.

Featurenoun

The cast or structure of anything, or of any part of a thing, as of a landscape, a picture, a treaty, or an essay; any marked peculiarity or characteristic.

‘one of the features of the landscape’;

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Principlenoun

A source, or origin; that from which anything proceeds; fundamental substance or energy; primordial substance; ultimate element, or cause.

Featurenoun

(archaeology) Something discerned from physical evidence that helps define, identify, characterize, and interpret an archeological site.

Principlenoun

An original faculty or endowment.

Featurenoun

(engineering) Characteristic forms or shapes of parts. For example, a hole, boss, slot, cut, chamfer, or fillet.

Principleverb

(transitive) To equip with principles; to establish, or fix, in certain principles; to impress with any tenet or rule of conduct.

Featurenoun

An individual measurable property or characteristic of a phenomenon being observed.

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Principlenoun

Beginning; commencement.

‘Doubting sad end of principle unsound.’;

Featurenoun

(music) The act of being featured in a piece of music.

Principlenoun

A source, or origin; that from which anything proceeds; fundamental substance or energy; primordial substance; ultimate element, or cause.

‘The soul of man is an active principle.’;

Featurenoun

(linguistics) The elements into which linguistic units can be broken down.

Principlenoun

An original faculty or endowment.

‘Nature in your principles hath set [benignity].’; ‘Those active principles whose direct and ultimate object is the communication either of enjoyment or suffering.’;

Featureverb

(transitive) To ascribe the greatest importance to something within a certain context.

Principlenoun

A fundamental truth; a comprehensive law or doctrine, from which others are derived, or on which others are founded; a general truth; an elementary proposition; a maxim; an axiom; a postulate.

‘Therefore, leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection.’; ‘A good principle, not rightly understood, may prove as hurtful as a bad.’;

Featureverb

(transitive) To star, to contain.

Principlenoun

A settled rule of action; a governing law of conduct; an opinion or belief which exercises a directing influence on the life and behavior; a rule (usually, a right rule) of conduct consistently directing one's actions; as, a person of no principle.

‘All kinds of dishonesty destroy our pretenses to an honest principle of mind.’;

Featureverb

(intransitive) To appear, to make an appearance.

Principlenoun

Any original inherent constituent which characterizes a substance, or gives it its essential properties, and which can usually be separated by analysis; - applied especially to drugs, plant extracts, etc.

‘Cathartine is the bitter, purgative principle of senna.’;

Featureverb

To have features resembling.

Principleverb

To equip with principles; to establish, or fix, in certain principles; to impress with any tenet, or rule of conduct, good or ill.

‘Governors should be well principled.’; ‘Let an enthusiast be principled that he or his teacher is inspired.’;

Featurenoun

The make, form, or outward appearance of a person; the whole turn or style of the body; esp., good appearance.

‘What needeth it his feature to descrive?’; ‘Cheated of feature by dissembling nature.’;

Principlenoun

a basic generalization that is accepted as true and that can be used as a basis for reasoning or conduct;

‘their principles of composition characterized all their works’;

Featurenoun

The make, cast, or appearance of the human face, and especially of any single part of the face; a lineament. (pl.) The face, the countenance.

‘It is for homely features to keep home.’;

Principlenoun

a rule or standard especially of good behavior;

‘a man of principle’; ‘he will not violate his principles’;

Featurenoun

The cast or structure of anything, or of any part of a thing, as of a landscape, a picture, a treaty, or an essay; any marked peculiarity or characteristic; as, one of the features of the landscape.

‘And to her service bind each living creatureThrough secret understanding of their feature.’;

Principlenoun

a basic truth or law or assumption;

‘the principles of democracy’;

Featurenoun

A form; a shape.

‘So scented the grim feature, and upturnedHis nostril wide into the murky air.’;

Principlenoun

a rule or law concerning a natural phenomenon or the function of a complex system;

‘the principle of the conservation of mass’; ‘the principle of jet propulsion’; ‘the right-hand rule for inductive fields’;

Featurenoun

a prominent aspect of something;

‘the map showed roads and other features’; ‘generosity is one of his best characteristics’;

Principlenoun

rule of personal conduct

Featurenoun

the characteristic parts of a person's face: eyes and nose and mouth and chin;

‘an expression of pleasure crossed his features’; ‘his lineaments were very regular’;

Principlenoun

(law) an explanation of the fundamental reasons (especially an explanation of the working of some device in terms of laws of nature);

‘the rationale for capital punishment’; ‘the principles of internal-combustion engines’;

Featurenoun

the principal (full-length) film in a program at a movie theater;

‘the feature tonight is `Casablanca'’;

Principlenoun

a fundamental truth or proposition that serves as the foundation for a system of belief or behaviour or for a chain of reasoning

‘the basic principles of justice’;

Featurenoun

a special or prominent article in a newspaper or magazine;

‘they ran a feature on retirement planning’;

Principlenoun

a rule or belief governing one's behaviour

‘she resigned over a matter of principle’; ‘struggling to be true to their own principles’;

Featurenoun

an article of merchandise that is displayed or advertised more than other articles

Principlenoun

morally correct behaviour and attitudes

‘a man of principle’;

Featureverb

have as a feature;

‘This restaurant features the most famous chefs in France’;

Principlenoun

a general scientific theorem or law that has numerous special applications across a wide field.

Featureverb

wear or display in an ostentatious or proud manner;

‘she was sporting a new hat’;

Principlenoun

a natural law forming the basis for the construction or working of a machine

‘these machines all operate on the same general principle’;

Principlenoun

a fundamental source or basis of something

‘the first principle of all things was water’;

Principlenoun

a fundamental quality determining the nature of something

‘the combination of male and female principles’;

Principlenoun

an active or characteristic constituent of a substance, obtained by simple analysis or separation

‘the active principle of Spanish fly’;

Principle

A principle is a proposition or value that is a guide for behavior or evaluation. In law, it is a rule that has to be or usually is to be followed.

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