What's the meaning of principle in this definition of soul from Dictionary.com as in body and soul?

the principle of life, feeling, thought, and action in humans, regarded as a distinct entity separate from the body, and commonly held to be separable in existence from the body; the spiritual part of humans as distinct from the physical part.

Does principle in this context mean definition #7 of Google definition or does it mean something else that's not in this dictionary?

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    Yes, I'd go with #7.
    – Hellion
    Commented Jan 15, 2013 at 18:22
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    Yup, 7 is correct. Commented Jan 15, 2013 at 18:37
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    6 isn't far away, either.
    – BoldBen
    Commented May 19, 2019 at 9:29

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Actually, I could see #'s 6, 7 and 8 applying to the definition of "principle" as it relates to a component of a soul. It's more the context of the example that drives my answer, not just the definitions in abstract.

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