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principle

1. a rule or law concerning a natural phenomenon or the behaviour of a system
2. Chem a constituent of a substance that gives the substance its characteristics and behaviour

Principle

 

the basic initial assumption of any theory, teaching, science, world view, or political organization; an individual’s internal conviction, which determines his relationship to reality, behavioral norms, and activity; the basic characteristic of the structure of any mechanism or apparatus.

principle

[′prin·sə·pəl]
(science and technology)
A scientific law which is highly general or fundamental, and from which other laws are derived.
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Several legal-economic authors have argued that cost-benefit analysis (CBA) of regulation is superior to the precautionary principle as a policy-making tool.
In response to the European Union's argument that WTO agreements should be read to accord with the Cartagena Biosafety Protocol and the precautionary principle, the United States argued that only WTO trade law should be evaluated before the dispute panel.
We have a responsibility to apply the precautionary principle.
Our findings indicate that a major function of the precautionary principle is the redistribution of the burden of scientific uncertainty.
The precautionary principle is a cornerstone element of many international regulatory regimes, including REACH.
Pettersson, who earlier worked for Socialstyrelsen, the National Board of Health and Welfare, also recommended that Swedish municipalities deal with the precautionary principle in a way that would not stop the development of wireless and broadband networks
I] n our regulation of food and consumer products, we don't implement the precautionary principle.
While this may not sound so bad, the problem with the companies that earned an F compared to those that received As and Bs (which include Heinz, ConAgra, General Mills and Nestle) is that they have become "laggards," falling behind in an industry that is otherwise adopting the precautionary principle towards BPA.
In response to this challenge, many regulators have employed the precautionary principle as a way of giving objective structure to their systems.
The precautionary principle is one of the central concepts of modern environmental policy.