principal


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principal

[prin′sipəl]
Etymology: L, principalis, first in rank
first in authority or importance.

principal

A fully qualified and registered general practitioner in the UK, who has a direct contract with a Health Authority to provide general medical services.
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McAdams (1998) describes a pool of applicants for principal vacancies that continues to shrink.
A person can set up a power of attorney either as a "general" power of attorney (which gives an agent broad authority to handle virtually all legal transactions on a principal's behalf) or as a "specific" power of attorney (which authorizes the agent to perform only specific functions on the principal's behalf, such as a house closing or business transaction), when the principal is not available to sign necessary documents.

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