(law) a principle underlying the formulation of jurisprudence(noun)
WordNet. Princeton University. 2010.
Use "legal principle" in a sentence
"scientists objected that marriages of this sort would not be possible; but Mister Pierrot declared that it was not a matter of natural possibilities but of a legal principle and that he himself would be willing to take a newt female for his wife in order to show that this reform of the legal principle of marriage need not remain merely on paper."