Difference between Principle and Principal
There is a huge difference between Principle and Principal. Principal and principle are homophones, which, despite sounding identical in their pronunciation, have completely different meanings. The word Principal is both a noun and an adjective. When the word principal is used as an adjective, its meaning is : important; main; key
- The principal goal is to eradicate poverty from the face of this earth.
- The principal cause of his death is alcohol abuse.
When the word principal is used as a noun, its meaning is : head or chief
- Mr. John is the principal (head master) of school.
In financial parlance principal refers to a loan amount requiring repayment.
Principle is a noun which means moral, legal rule or standard; tenet and theory
- The principle of freedom of expression not is something many Indians are aware of.
- John is a man of principles.
- I can’t go against my principles
There are a few popular phrases that use the word “principle,” so while using these phrases, be sure not to accidentally use “principal.”
- As a matter of principle, you must listen to your father
- In principle, you have all the rights to disagree with me.
- On principle, you have all the rights to disagree with me.