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Meaning 1: Module as a General Concept

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  • Rule
  • Rule of Thumb
  • Law
  • Design Heuristic


A principle is a rule which tells whether one solution is better than another one with respect to a certain aspect.


A principle names and explains a certain aspect to consider while assessing a possible solution to a problem. It can be documented using principle descriptions and help talking about solutions.

Principles are a general and universal way to communicate experience. They describe a certain aspect leaving out all the other aspects. So a principle is not a rule that is valid in every case. It's a certain tendency, a rule of thumb or a heuristic that only in combination with other principles gives a complete picture.


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  • The term “principle” is often also used to refer to any other rule, heuristic, or philosophy regardless of whether it tells good and bad solutions apart.
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