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The Definition of - principal (adj)

    adjective
    1.
    first or highest in rank, importance, value, etc.; chief; foremost.
    2.
    of, of the nature of, or constituting principal or capital:
    a principal investment.
    3.
    Geometry. (of an axis of a conic) passing through the foci.
    noun
    4.
    a chief or head.
    5.
    the head or director of a school or, especially in England, a college.
    6.
    a person who takes a leading part in any activity, as a play; chief actor or doer.
    7.
    the first player of a division of instruments in an orchestra (excepting the leader of the first violins).
    8.
    something of principal or chief importance.
    9.
    Law.
    1. a person who authorizes another, as an agent, to represent him or her.
    2. a person directly responsible for a crime, either as an actual perpetrator or as an abettor present at its commission.
      Compare accessory (def 3).
    10.
    a person primarily liable for an obligation, in contrast with an endorser, or the like.
    11.
    the main body of an estate, or the like, as distinguished from income.
    12.
    Finance. a capital sum, as distinguished from interest or profit.
    13.
    Music.
    1. an organ stop.
    2. the subject of a fugue.
    14.
    (in a framed structure) a member, as a truss, upon which adjacent or similar members depend for support or reinforcement.
    15.
    each of the combatants in a duel, as distinguished from the seconds.

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Word Origin & History of - principal

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