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Principal vs. principle

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  • As a noun, principal refers to (1) one who holds a presiding position or rank, and (2) capital or property before interest, and it’s also an adjective meaning (3) first or most important in rank. The head of a primary or secondary school is a principal.

    Principle is only a noun. In its primary sense, it refers to a basic truth, law, assumption, or rule.

    Though the words sound alike and share a distant origin in the Latin princeps (meaning first or original), they come from separate French sources and have always been different words in English.1

    Examples

    Principal

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    The upcoming production of the webisode, “The Roomers” is now casting for principal actors. [My-Ishia’s Michigan Movie Industry Blog]

    The school principal notified students’ parents about the case by e-mail and by posting a letter on the school Web site. [Houston Chronicle]

    Principle

    Although Rule 11 applies to only federal courts, the same principle applies to all plea hearings in all courts. [Pub Record]

    But even if his principal objection is a matter of principle. [Tablet Mag]

    It is a fundamental principle in the modern world that disabled people should be given the opportunity to participate in modern society with as few impediments as possible. [Emergency Planning]

    Reference

    1. Chambers Dictionary of Etymology, 1988. 

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