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prin·ci·pal

 (prĭn′sə-pəl)
adj.
1. First or highest in rank or importance. See Synonyms at chief.
2. Of, relating to, or being financial principal, or a principal in a financial transaction.
n.
1.
a. One who holds a position of presiding rank, especially the head of an elementary school, middle school, or high school.
b. A main participant in a situation, especially a financial transaction.
c. A person having a leading or starring role in a performance, such as the first player in a section of an orchestra.
2.
a. An amount of capital originally borrowed or invested, as opposed to the interest paid or accruing on it.
b. The most significant part of an estate, as opposed to minor or incidental components.
3. Law
a. The person on behalf of whom an agent acts.
b. The person having prime responsibility for an obligation as distinguished from one who acts as surety or as an endorser.
c. The main actor in the perpetration of a crime.
4. Architecture Either of a pair of inclined timbers forming the sides of a triangular truss for a pitched roof.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin prīncipālis, from prīnceps, prīncip-, leader, emperor; see per in Indo-European roots.]

prin′ci·pal·ly adv.
prin′ci·pal·ship′ n.
Usage Note: Principal and principle are often confused but have no meanings in common. Principle is only a noun and usually refers to a rule or standard. Principal is both a noun and an adjective. As a noun, it has specialized meanings in law and finance, but in general usage it refers to a person who holds a high position or plays an important role: a meeting among all the principals in the transaction. As an adjective it has the sense of "chief" or "leading": The coach's principal concern is the quarterback's health.
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principally

(ˈprɪnsɪpəlɪ)
adv
mainly or most importantly
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.principally - for the most part; "he is mainly interested in butterflies"
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principally

adverb mainly, largely, chiefly, especially, particularly, mostly, primarily, above all, predominantly, in the main, for the most part, first and foremost This is principally because the major export markets are slowing.
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Translations
أولا وَقَبْل كُل شَيء
hlavně
hovedsagligt
fõként
aîallega
temel olarak

principally

[ˈprɪnsɪpəlɪ] ADVprincipalmente
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principally

[ˈprɪnsɪpəli] adv (= mainly) → principalement
principally because → principalement parce que
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principally

advvornehmlich, in erster Linie
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principally

[ˈprɪnsɪplɪ] advprincipalmente
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principal

(ˈprinsəpəl) adjective
most important. Shipbuilding was one of Britain's principal industries.
noun
1. the head of a school, college or university.
2. a leading actor, singer or dancer in a theatrical production.
3. the amount of money in a bank etc on which interest is paid.
ˈprincipally adverb
mostly; chiefly. I am principally concerned with teaching English.
the principal (not principle) dancer.
principal (not principle) of the college.
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And these laws, my readers, whom I consider as my subjects, are bound to believe in and to obey; with which that they may readily and cheerfully comply, I do hereby assure them that I shall principally regard their ease and advantage in all such institutions: for I do not, like a jure divino tyrant, imagine that they are my slaves, or my commodity.
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The horses of Abyssinia are excellent; their mules, oxen, and cows are without number, and in these principally consists the wealth of this country.
At first some rash individuals, principally of the gentler sex, espoused his cause, which became still more popular when the Illustrated London News came out with his portrait, copied from a photograph in the Reform Club.
"I like her; and she likes me -- principally, it seems, because she had a sister named Anne who died young.
Now air consists principally of twenty-one parts of oxygen and seventy-nine of nitrogen.
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And it is well that nature has so graciously and abundantly lighted the Martian night, for the green men of Mars, being a nomadic race without high intellectual development, have but crude means for artificial lighting; depending principally upon torches, a kind of candle, and a peculiar oil lamp which generates a gas and burns without a wick.