1. Highest in rank, authority, character, importance, or degree; most considerable or important; chief; main; as, the principal officers of a Government; the principal men of a state; the principal productions of a country; the principal arguments in a case. "Wisdom is the principal thing." (Prov. Iv. 7)
Origin: F, from L. Principalis. See Prince.
(01 Mar 1998)
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