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A principle is

a statement of fundamental value, a rule, or belief, that is tied to business objectives and requirements, and establishes constraints on the manner in which [a] business is conducted.[1]
[a] statement of preferred direction or practice. Principles constitute the rules, constraints, and behaviors that a bureau, agency, organization will abide by in its daily activities over a long period of time. Principles are business practices and approaches that the organization chooses to institutionalize to better provide services and information.[2]


A principle is "[a] comprehensive and fundamental law, doctrine, or assumption."[3]


  1. Newfoundland-Labrador, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Information Management and Information Protection Glossary of Terms (full-text).
  2. California Technology Agency, Enterprise Architecture Glossary 6 (Apr. 2011) (full-text); see also A Practical Guide to Federal Enterprise Architecture, at 68, App. B, Glossary.
  3. Air Force Supplement to the Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms, at 51.