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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.

principal,

adj the leader; highest in rank; the source of authority.
principal in law of agency,
n the employer; the person who gives authority to an agent to act for him.
References in classic literature ?
I have the honor to say that my principal strenuously objects to the hour chosen, and begs you will consent to change it to half past nine.
Any courtesy, sir, which it is in our power to extend is at the service of your excellent principal.
I spoke several times to my principal, but I judge he was not aware of it, for he always referred to his note-book and muttered absently, "I die that France might live.
These preliminaries being ended, I went to my principal and asked him if he was ready.
I now returned to my principal, and was distressed to observe that he had lost a good deal of his spirit.
This speech had so good an effect that my principal immediately stretched forth his hand and said, "I am myself again; give me the weapon.
The constitution of North Carolina, which declares "that the legislative, executive, and supreme judicial powers of government ought to be forever separate and distinct from each other," refers, at the same time, to the legislative department, the appointment not only of the executive chief, but all the principal officers within both that and the judiciary department.
Surely, at this day, with us of Europe, the vantage of strength at sea (which is one of the principal dowries of this kingdom of Great Britain) is great; both because most of the kingdoms of Europe, are not merely inland, but girt with the sea most part of their compass; and because the wealth of both Indies seems in great part, but an accessory to the command of the seas.
As a matter of fact I did not need the map at all, since the principal landmark of the first half of my journey, a gi-gantic mountainpeak, was plainly visible from Sari, though a good hundred miles away.
Then Glaucon resumes his place of principal respondent; but he has a difficulty in apprehending the higher education of Socrates, and makes some false hits in the course of the discussion.
I have thought it proper to quote at length these interesting passages, because they contain a luminous abridgment of the principal arguments in favor of the Union, and must effectually remove the false impressions which a misapplication of other parts of the work was calculated to make.
17) reports on the ever-changing role principals are taking on.