principal vs principle : Common Errors in English

About principal vs principle

Generations of teachers have tried to drill this one into students’ heads by reminding them, “The principal is your pal.” Many don’t seem convinced. “Principal” is a noun and adjective referring to someone or something which is highest in rank or importance. (In a loan, the principal is the more substantial part of the money, the interest is—or should be—the lesser.) “Principle” is only a noun, and has to do with law or doctrine: “The workers fought hard for the principle of collective bargaining.”

principal Meaning(s)

  • (n) the original amount of a debt on which interest is calculated
  • (n) the educator who has executive authority for a school
  • (n) an actor who plays a principal role
  • (n) capital as contrasted with the income derived from it
  • (n) (criminal law) any person involved in a criminal offense, regardless of whether the person profits from such involvement
  • (n) the major party to a financial transaction at a stock exchange; buys and sells for his own account
  • (s) most important element

principle Meaning(s)

  • (n) a basic generalization that is accepted as true and that can be used as a basis for reasoning or conduct
  • (n) a rule or standard especially of good behavior
  • (n) a basic truth or law or assumption
  • (n) a rule or law concerning a natural phenomenon or the function of a complex system
  • (n) rule of personal conduct
  • (n) (law) an explanation of the fundamental reasons (especially an explanation of the working of some device in terms of laws of nature)

principal in News

  1. Joshua principal’s threat of punishment against valedictorian alleged

    The high school principal reportedly threatened to send a letter to the U.S. Naval Academy questioning valedictorian Remington Reimer character after he deviated from a preapproved commencement speech.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram

  2. Principal changes at New Hanover schools

    New Hanover County Schools announced on Thursday three principal changes for the 2013-14 school year.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Wilmington Star-News

  3. Principal placed on leave as investigation continues

    A Niagara Falls elementary school principal is on paid administrative leave while police investigate allegations of sexual misconduct made against him.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Tonawanda News

principle in News

  1. Liverpool Closing in on Iago Aspas, Agrees ‘in Principle’ to Sign Spanish Forward From Celta Vigo

    Liverpool has agreed to a deal in principle with Celta Vigo for striker Iago Aspas, subject to documentation being completed. Aspas scored 12 goals in 34 games in 2012-13 despite playing for a side threatened with relegation until the final day of the season. During the campaign, he was directly involved in 51 percent of […]
    on June 14, 2013 Source: New England Sports Network

  2. Luminous bacterial proteins detect chemicals in water

    Scientists have developed a simple color sensor principle which facilitates the detection of residual medications, trace metals from industrial process waters, and many other substances. This is the concept: If the analyzed sample shines red, then the water is 'clean;' if its color turns green, however, then it contains the substances the scientists wish to detect.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Science Daily

  3. Mali government, Tuaregs reach ceasefire deal 'in principle'

    By Mathieu Bonkoungou OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - A Malian government delegation and Tuareg separatist rebels have reached an agreement "in principle" that would allow planned elections in July to go ahead in the disputed northern Kidal region, a senior mediator in the talks said late on Monday. Negotiations in Ouagadougou, the capital of neighboring Burkina Faso, opened on Saturday, after Mali's ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

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