PRINCIPAL , a
See also:person or thing first, or chief in
See also:rank or importance, or, more widely, prominent, leading . The
See also:Lat. adj. principalis, first, chief,
See also:original, also princely, is formed from princeps, the first, chief,
See also:prince, from
See also:Primus, first, and capere to hold . In
See also:Late Lat. principalis was used as a substitute for an overseer or
See also:superintendent, and also for the chief
See also:magistrate of a
See also:municipality (
See also:Symmachus, Ep . 9, 1) . It is a
See also:common title for the
See also:head of educational institutions,
See also:universities, colleges and
See also:schools . It is thus used of the director, of some of the heads of newer universities in England, e.g .
See also:London and
See also:Birmingham, always so in Scotland, and frequently combined with the
See also:vice-chancellorship . At the university of
See also:Oxford the name occurs twice as the title of the head of a
See also:college, viz. of Brasenose and Jesus . It was always used of the heads of halls, of which St Edmund
See also:Hall alone remains . It is also the designation used of the head of the newer theological or denominational colleges, and also of the
See also:women's colleges . At Cambridge it does not occur . In
See also:law, it is used in distinction from "
See also:accessory," for the person who actually commits the
See also:crime, " principal in the first degree," or who is
See also:present, aiding and abetting at the commission of the crime," principal in the second degree;" and also for the person for whom another acts by his authority (see PRINCIPAL AND
See also:AGENT below) .
Finally as a shortened
See also:form of " principal sum," " principal
See also:money," &c.,, the
See also:term is used of the original sum
See also:lent or invested upon which
See also:interest is paid, and so, widely of any capital sum, as opposed to interest or income derived from it .
PRINCIPAL AND AGENT
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