principal sum

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Noun1.principal sum - capital as contrasted with the income derived from it
capital - wealth in the form of money or property owned by a person or business and human resources of economic value
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These, it seemed, were calculations of compound interest on what he called 'the principal amount of forty-one, ten, eleven and a half', for various periods.
354 generally provides that, in most tax-free reorganizations, no gain or loss is recognized to a shareholder on an exchange of stock for stock, or on an exchange of securities for stock or securities of the same or lesser principal amount.
When a subsidiary issues debentures that can be exchanged for the parent company's stock, and the stock has appreciated above the conversion price, the parent company will issue shares with a value exceeding the principal amount of the debentures.
The principal amount of such a security will be adjusted based on monthly changes in the nonseasonally adjusted U.