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principal

adjective

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2 highest in rank or authority
  • the principal researcher in the company's chemical division

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principal

noun

Synonyms & Antonyms of principal (Entry 2 of 2)

the person who has the most important role in a play, movie, or TV show
  • my cousin is one of the principals in a new sitcom this fall

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The first known use of principal was in the 14th century

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“Principal.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/principal. Accessed 8 December 2019.

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