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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
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

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.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

principle

[′prin·sə·pəl]
(science and technology)
A scientific law which is highly general or fundamental, and from which other laws are derived.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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A number of scholars have attempted to clarify how various formulations of the precautionary principle relate to one another.
For the purpose of this analysis, effectiveness represents the amount of protection afforded, realized by a higher rate of precaution and a stronger approach to the precautionary principle. Efficiency represents cost to government and industry and obstruction to development, realized by a minimum of precaution or weaker approach to the precautionary principle.
The purpose of this paper is to provide guidance based on established public health principles and practical experience on how the precautionary principle should be applied.
Before resorting to mandatory food fortification, Health Canada, concerned about the health hazard to the general population, applied the precautionary principle and sensibly began a pilot project to determine if there were any adverse effects associated with food fortification especially for the vast majority of Canadians who would receive no benefit.
Explaining the precautionary principle in Rio Declaration was widely accepted in following international agreements.
So, the idea of a precautionary principle was born.
What the court did not take into account-as it may not have been presented to it by the parties for consideration-was the study published in 2014 by the Extreme Risk Initiative as part of the New York University (NYU) School of Engineering Working Paper Series on the application of the precautionary principle to GMOs.
Until we can be confident that methane will not be released, we should exercise the precautionary principle.
They cling to the infamous "precautionary principle" and demand overweening proof but not once have they invited leading scientists to explain the issues to them.
b) Whether, to what extent, the Precautionary Principle is relevant in the interpretation of the SPS Agreement.