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adjective (a)

  • Highest in rank, authority, character, importance, or degree; most considerable or important; chief; main; as, the principal officers of a Government; the principal men of a state; the principal productions of a country; the principal arguments in a case. (adjective)
    source: webster1913

noun (n)

  • the original amount of a debt on which interest is calculated (noun.possession)
    source: wordnet30
  • the educator who has executive authority for a school (noun.person)
    She sent unruly pupils to see the principal.
    source: wordnet30
  • an actor who plays a principal role (noun.person)
    Synonym: lead, star
    source: wordnet30
  • capital as contrasted with the income derived from it (noun.possession)
    source: wordnet30
  • (criminal law) any person involved in a criminal offense, regardless of whether the person profits from such involvement (noun.person)
    source: wordnet30
  • the major party to a financial transaction at a stock exchange; buys and sells for his own account (noun.person)
    Synonym: dealer
    source: wordnet30
  • A leader, chief, or head; one who takes the lead; one who acts independently, or who has controlling authority or influence; as, the principal of a faction, a school, a firm, etc.; -- distinguished from a subordinate, abettor, auxiliary, or assistant. (noun)
    source: webster1913

adjective satellite (s)

  • most important element (adj.all)
    Synonym: chief, main, master, primary
    The principal rivers of America.
    The principal example.
    source: wordnet30

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