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Principal vs Principle

Principal vs Principle: There are many differences between principal and principle. A list of differences between principal and principle are given below:

No.PrincipalPrinciple
1)The word principal is generally used as adjective but it can also be used as noun. The word principle is always used as noun.
2)It refers the chief, primary or the capital before the interest. It refers a basic truth, a law, a moral rule or an assumption.
3)These are some synonyms of principal: Main, chief, premier, leading etc.These are some synonyms of principle: Rule, Doctrine, Precept Moral etc.

Principal vs Principle

Principal and Principle both have the same pronunciation but have different meanings.

Principal: The word principal is used to refer the following things:

  1. A person one who holds a presiding position or rank.
  2. The head of a primary or a secondary school. It is also used for the person who holds first or most important rank.
  3. The capital or the property before interest.

Principal is generally used as an adjective but also can be used as a noun. Let's take some examples to explain the meaning of principal.

See these examples:

  • My school principal is a highly educated and strict person.
  • Use the simple interest formula to find the principal if the total interest earned was 15000 rupees and rate of interest was 8% for 2 years.

Principle: The word principle is only a noun. It is used to refer a basic truth, a law, rule or an assumption.

Let's take some examples:

  • Do you know Archimides' principle? It says "Any object, wholly or partially immersed in a fluid, is buoyed up by a force equal to the weight of the fluid displaced by the object."
  • It is a fundamental principle that "Honesty is the best policy".
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