principal

[ prin-suh-puhl ]
/ ˈprɪn sə pəl /

adjective

noun

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Origin of principal

1250–1300; Middle English < Latin prīncipālis first, chief, equivalent to prīncip- (see prince) + -ālis -al1

SYNONYMS FOR principal

ANTONYMS FOR principal

synonym study for principal

1. See capital1.

usage note for principal

The noun principle and the noun and adjective principal are often confused. Although pronounced alike, the words are not interchangeable in writing. A principle is broadly “a rule of action or conduct” ( His overriding principle is greed ) or “a fundamental doctrine or tenet” ( Their principles do not permit the use of alcoholic beverages ). The adjective principal has the general sense “chief, first, foremost”: My principal objection is the cost of the project. The noun principal has among other meanings “the head or director of a school” ( The faculty supported the principal in her negotiations with the board ) and “a capital sum, as distinguished from interest or profit” ( The monthly payments go mostly for interest, leaving the principal practically untouched ).

OTHER WORDS FROM principal

prin·ci·pal·ship, nounun·der·prin·ci·pal, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH principal

principal principle (see usage note at the current entry)
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Example sentences from the Web for principalship

British Dictionary definitions for principalship

principal
/ (ˈprɪnsɪpəl) /

adjective (prenominal)

first in importance, rank, value, etc; chief
denoting or relating to capital or property as opposed to interest, etc

noun

Derived forms of principal

principalship, noun

Word Origin for principal

C13: via Old French from Latin principālis chief, from princeps chief man, prince

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Cultural definitions for principalship

principal

The original amount of money lent, not including profits and interest.

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