Prime-directive meaning

An order or mission which presents the overriding control over a course of action.

1955: René Albrecht-Carrié, Europe After 1815, p. 32.

1946: University of Iowa/University of Chicago, The Journal of General Education, p. 160.

Such probes would not invalidate the prime directive that a work of art must stand upon its intrinisic artistic merits.

1902: University of Michigan Law School, Michigan Law Review p. 1949.

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