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Adjective

principal (comparative {{{1}}}, superlative {{{2}}})

Positive
principal

Comparative
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Superlative
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  1. Primary; most important in a group.
    Smith is the principal architect of this design.
    The principal cause of the failure was poor planning.

Usage notes

This is generally not used in the comparative or superlative in formal writing, as the meaning is already superlative. However, one may occasionally see, e.g., more principal meaning more likely to be principal or more nearly principal. There are similar issues with unique.

The confused may care to remember that 'The principal alphabetic principle places A before E' as a reminder of the relative spelling.

Translations

Noun

Singular
principal

Plural
s

principal (s)
  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) The money originally invested or loaned, on which basis interest and returns are calculated.
    A portion of your mortgage payment goes to reduce the principal, and the rest covers interest.
  2. (North America, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) The principal administrator of a school.
    Now you're in trouble! You're going to see the principal for that.
  3. One who directs another (the agent) to act on his behalf.
    When an attorney represents a client, the client is the principal who permits the attorney, his agent, to act on the client's behalf.
  4. A company you represent as a sales person.
    My principal sells metal shims

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French

Adjective

principal m. (f. principale, m. plural principaux, f. plural principales)

  1. main; principal

Derived terms


Galician

Adjective

principal m. and f. (plural principales)

  1. main, principal

Related terms


Romanian

Etymology

French principal, [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:ro:Template:lang:la derivations]] principalis

Adjective

principal 4 nom/acc forms

  1. principal, primary, chief, foremost

Declension


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Spanish

Adjective

principal m. and f. (plural principales)

  1. main, most important
  2. essential

Noun

principal m. (plural principales)

Singular
principal m.

Plural
principales m.

  1. chief, boss

Related terms

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