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Difference between Principal and Principle


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Principal as a noun has the following meanings: head of a school or an educational institute; first in command.

Principal as an adjective has the following meanings: main; major; chief; primary; fundamental; most important.

Principle is a noun.
Meanings: rule; code; standard; law; theory


Sample Usage

Examples of Principal as a noun:
1. The aviation academy’s principal decided to increase the in-flight training sessions.
2. The college principal put up a notice to let the students know that extra classes would be held during the vacation.

Examples of Principal as an adjective:
1. The new science professor explained the principal laws of physics in a very lucid manner.
2. Punctuality is a principal aspect to keep in mind when attending an interview.

Examples of Principle:
1. The new batch of recruits attended a detailed session on the camp’s principles before starting their training.
2. The social studies teacher gave examples to explain ethical and moral principles.


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