a matter of principle
- something that involves an important principle
She refers to herself as "Ms" as a matter of principle.
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matter of principle — issue of fundamental rules, matter of general truth … English contemporary dictionary
(a) matter of principle — a matter of principle phrase something that involves an important principle She refers to herself as ‘Ms’ as a matter of principle. Thesaurus: moral rules and rules of behavioursynonym morally good or correct Main entry: matter … Useful english dictionary
Matter — • Taking the term in its widest sense, matter signifies that out of which anything is made or composed Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Matter Matter … Catholic encyclopedia
principle — prin‧ci‧ple [ˈprɪnspl] noun 1. [countable, uncountable] a moral rule or set of ideas that makes you behave in a particular way: • The single European market works on market principles. • As a matter of principle (= a rule that is very important … Financial and business terms
Matter — This article is about the concept in the physical sciences. For other uses, see Matter (disambiguation). Matter is a general term for the substance of which all physical objects consist. Typically, matter includes atoms and other particles… … Wikipedia
matter — mat|ter1 W1S1 [ˈmætə US ər] n ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(SUBJECT/SITUATION)¦ 2 matters 3¦(MATERIAL)¦ 4 as a matter of fact 5 what s the matter?/something s the matter/nothing s the matter etc 6.) the truth/fact of the matter is (that) 7 for that matter 8 be… … Dictionary of contemporary English
matter — mat|ter1 [ mætər ] noun *** ▸ 1 something being dealt with ▸ 2 problem/bad situation ▸ 3 situation that someone is in ▸ 4 substance ▸ 5 when time is short ▸ + PHRASES 1. ) count something that you are discussing, considering, or dealing with:… … Usage of the words and phrases in modern English
principle — noun 1 basic general rule ADJECTIVE ▪ basic, broad, central, fundamental, general, underlying ▪ the basic principles of car maintenance ▪ b … Collocations dictionary
matter — 1 noun SUBJECT/SITUATION 1 (C) a subject or situation that you have to think about or deal with: You do realize this is a serious matter, don t you? | He wasn t particularly interested in financial matters. | a matter of importance/concern/regret … Longman dictionary of contemporary English
principle — prin|ci|ple W1S3 [ˈprınsıpəl] n ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(moral rule)¦ 2¦(idea behind something)¦ 3 in principle 4¦(rules of a process)¦ ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ [Date: 1300 1400; : French; Origin: principe, from Latin principium beginning , from princeps; PRINCE] 1.) … Dictionary of contemporary English