on principle meaning
- 1. On grounds of (moral) principle
2. For the sake of obeying or asserting a particular principle of morality or wisdom
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- he refused to attend the meeting on principle.
- i refuse on principle.
- we were rarely willing to take a strike, and so we never stood on principle.
- what people wanted was a forthright style of leadership, with more emphasis on principle.
- the declaration elaborates on principles first enumerated by the general assembly in 1962.