1) A basic generalization that is accepted as true and that can be used as a basis for reasoning or conduct. (WordWeb.com 2011a)
2) A basic truth or law or assumption. (WordWeb.com 2011b)
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A principle is a rule of conduct or behavior. To take this further, a principle is a “basic generalization that is accepted as true and that can be used as a basis for reasoning or conduct.” [WordWeb.com] A principle can also be thought of as a “basic truth or law or assumption.” [ibid.]
Principles depend on concepts in order to state a “truth.” Hence, principles and concepts go hand in hand; principles cannot exist without concepts and concepts are not very useful without principles to help guide the proper way to act (Lawson and Martin 2008).