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Occurring in advance; preceding.
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  1. Occurring in advance; preceding.
  2. Having a position in the lead; foremost:
  3. Ranking first.
Highest, as in rank or office; foremost
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  1. Highest, as in rank or office; foremost
  2. Highest in rank, authority, or office:
  3. Most important or significant; main; principal
Ranking before all others; foremost in rank, quality, importance, etc.; principal
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  1. Ranking before all others; foremost in rank, quality, importance, etc.; principal
  2. Corresponding in order to the number one.
  3. Ranking above all others, as in importance or quality; foremost:
Foremost in rank or importance:
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  1. Foremost in rank or importance:
  2. Placed at the top or the front:
  3. Of, relating to, or intended for the head. Often used in combination:
Referring to present or future time. Used as a collective designation for various present and future verb tenses in Latin, Greek, and Sanskrit.
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  1. Referring to present or future time. Used as a collective designation for various present and future verb tenses in Latin, Greek, and Sanskrit.
  2. Relating to the replacement of only one of several atoms or groups in a compound, such as an amine in which one valence of the functional group is taken by a carbon atom.
  3. First in importance; chief; principal; main
Being the most desired or suitable example of something:
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  1. Being the most desired or suitable example of something:
  2. From which others are derived; fundamental; basic
  3. First or highest in rank or importance; main:
(Nautical) Connected to or located near the mainmast:
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  1. (Nautical) Connected to or located near the mainmast:
  2. Chief in size, extent, importance, etc.; principal; leading; specif., designating a large central unit on which subsidiaries or branches depend
  3. Most important; principal.
More prominent or important than others, especially in position or rank:
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  1. More prominent or important than others, especially in position or rank:
  2. First in rank or importance; leading
Bright-red, like the robe of a cardinal
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  1. Bright-red, like the robe of a cardinal
  2. Of foremost importance; paramount:
  3. Of main importance; principal; chief
Of crucial importance; significant:
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  1. Of crucial importance; significant:
  2. Controlling; essential; important
Greater than others in importance or rank:
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  1. Greater than others in importance or rank:
  2. Characterized by major intervals, scales, etc.
  3. Equivalent to the distance between the tonic note and the second or third or sixth or seventh degrees of a major scale or mode:
(Medicine) Relating to or being a condition or a disease whose cause is unknown:
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  1. (Medicine) Relating to or being a condition or a disease whose cause is unknown:
  2. (Biochemistry) Being a substance that is required for normal functioning but cannot be synthesized by the body and therefore must be included in the diet:
  3. Fundamentally important or necessary:
Of or relating to financial assets, especially being or related to those financial assets that add to the net worth of a business:
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  1. Of or relating to financial assets, especially being or related to those financial assets that add to the net worth of a business:
  2. Most important or most serious; principal; chief
  3. First and foremost; principal:
Having, or acting as if having, power, authority, influence, high position, etc.
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  1. Having, or acting as if having, power, authority, influence, high position, etc.
  2. Meaning a great deal; having much significance, consequence, or value
  3. Strongly affecting the course of events or the nature of things; significant:
Superior to or notable above all others; outstanding.
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  1. Superior to or notable above all others; outstanding.
Superlative form of high: most high
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  1. Superlative form of high: most high
Final; ultimate
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  1. Final; ultimate
  2. Greatest in importance, degree, significance, character, or achievement.
  3. Greatest in power, authority, or rank; paramount or dominant.
First in status or importance; principal or chief:
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  1. First in status or importance; principal or chief:
Widely known; specif., significant and widely know within a particular field
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  1. Widely known; specif., significant and widely know within a particular field
  2. Widely known; eminent:
  3. Projecting outward or upward from a line or surface; protuberant:
Being a species that has the greatest effect within its ecological community, especially by determining the presence, abundance, or type of other species. As a plant community progresses through stages of succession, different species may become dominant for a period until the climax community is reached, at which point the dominant species remains stable until a major disruption occurs. Among animals, the dominant species in a community is generally the top predator or the most abundant or widespread species.
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  1. Being a species that has the greatest effect within its ecological community, especially by determining the presence, abundance, or type of other species. As a plant community progresses through stages of succession, different species may become dominant for a period until the climax community is reached, at which point the dominant species remains stable until a major disruption occurs. Among animals, the dominant species in a community is generally the top predator or the most abundant or widespread species.
  2. (Genetics) Designating or relating to that one of any pair of allelic hereditary factors which, when both are present in the germ plasm, dominates over the other and appears in the organism
  3. Tending to be stronger than its counterpart or used for the most important tasks or in the most pressing situations:
Having ascendancy, authority, or dominating influence over others; superior
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  1. Having ascendancy, authority, or dominating influence over others; superior
  2. Most common or conspicuous; main or prevalent:
  3. Significant or important; dominant
Characterized by the obsessive need to control the actions of others
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  1. Characterized by the obsessive need to control the actions of others
  2. Having control over a person or thing.
Exercising control or authority:
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  1. Exercising control or authority:
  2. Predominant:
  3. That rules; predominant; chief; reigning; controlling.
(Printing) Set above the main line of type.
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  1. (Printing) Set above the main line of type.
  2. Presuming to be or suggesting that one is morally or socially better than others; disdainful or supercilious.
  3. Higher than another in rank, station, or authority:
  1. Prevalent, common, widespread.
  2. Blowing usually or most frequently from a given direction:
  3. Predominant; of greatest force.
Highest in rank, power, or authority:
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  1. Highest in rank, power, or authority:
  2. Ranking higher than any other, as in power or importance; chief; supreme
Superlative form of great: most great
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  1. Superlative form of great: most great
  1. Superior
  2. (In combination) having a specified rank
  3. Prominent or outstanding
Of, relating to, or in the manner of a star
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  1. Of, relating to, or in the manner of a star
Outstanding or famous, especially in performing something:
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  1. Outstanding or famous, especially in performing something:
  2. Having exceptional skill and talent; outstanding; excelling others; leading
  3. A large, spherical celestial body consisting of a mass of gas that is hot enough to sustain nuclear fusion and thus produce radiant energy. Stars begin their life cycle as clouds of gas and dust called nebulae and develop, through gravitation and accretion, into increasingly hot and dense protostars . In order to reach the temperature at which nuclear reactions are ignited (about 5 million degrees K), a protostar must have at least 80 times the mass of Jupiter. For most of its life a star fuses hydrogen into helium in its core, during which period it is known as a dwarf star and is classed according to its surface temperature and luminosity (or spectral type) on a continuum called the main sequence in the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram. When a star exhausts the hydrogen in its core, it typically develops into one of several non-main-sequence forms depending on how massive it is. Smaller stars, with masses less than eight times that of the Sun, become red giants and end their lives, after blowing away their outer layers, as white dwarfs . More massive stars become supergiants and end their lives, after exploding in a supernova, as either a neutron star or a black hole .
Of, relating to, or consisting of stars.
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  1. Of, relating to, or consisting of stars.
  2. Outstanding; principal.
  3. Leading; chief
Beyond comparison; unequaled; matchless
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  1. Beyond comparison; unequaled; matchless
  2. That cannot be compared
  3. Having no common basis of comparison; incommensurable
Being such as to have no match; incomparable.
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  1. Being such as to have no match; incomparable.
  2. Without equal; unrivaled
  3. Without peer or equal; unparalleled, nonpareil. Of the highest quality, best.
Having no equal; peerless
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  1. Having no equal; peerless
  2. Having no match or equal; unsurpassed:
  3. Having no match; without equal.
Being above and independent of the material universe. Used of the Deity.
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  1. Being above and independent of the material universe. Used of the Deity.
  2. In Kant's theory of knowledge, being beyond the limits of experience and hence unknowable.
  3. (Theol.) Existing apart from the material universe
Not equaled; unmatched; unrivaled; supreme
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  1. Not equaled; unmatched; unrivaled; supreme
  2. Not matched or paralleled by others of its kind; unrivaled.
  3. Unmatched, superlative, the best ever done, record setting.
Having no rival, equal, or competitor; matchless; peerless
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  1. Having no rival, equal, or competitor; matchless; peerless
  2. Beyond compare, far surpassing any other, unparalleled, without rival.
Surpassing all others in some way
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The greatest value of a mathematical function, if it has such a value.
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  1. The greatest value of a mathematical function, if it has such a value.
  2. The greatest known or greatest possible number, measure, quantity, or degree.
  3. Greatest possible, permissible, or reached
Supreme; of a surpassing quality or quantity.
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Supreme in power, rank, or authority
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  1. Supreme in power, rank, or authority
  2. Independent of all others
  3. Above or superior to all others; chief; greatest; supreme
By which a process or series comes to an end; final; conclusive
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  1. By which a process or series comes to an end; final; conclusive
  2. Being last in a series, process, or progression:
  3. Representing or exhibiting the greatest possible development or sophistication:
Being in a principal or well-established position:
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  1. Being in a principal or well-established position:
  2. Having a principal, prominent, or moderate position or status
Of the highest class, as in international competition
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  1. Of the highest class, as in international competition
  2. Of the highest order or importance
  3. Being among the best or foremost in the world; of an international standard of excellence:
First in rank, order, or importance:
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  1. First in rank, order, or importance:
One who is highest in rank or authority; a leader.
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  1. One who is highest in rank or authority; a leader.
  2. (--- Nautical) The chief engineer of a ship.
  3. The head or leader of a group, organization, etc.; person of highest title or authority
The working end of a tool or implement:
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  1. The working end of a tool or implement:
  2. A single animal:
  3. A person who leads, rules, or is in charge; a leader, chief, or director:
Used as a title for a man who serves as the head or presiding officer of certain societies, clubs, orders, or institutions.
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  1. Used as a title for a man who serves as the head or presiding officer of certain societies, clubs, orders, or institutions.
  2. A man who owns a pack of hounds or is the chief officer of a hunt.
  3. The man who serves as the head of a household.
Of or relating to financial assets, especially being or related to those financial assets that add to the net worth of a business:
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  1. Of or relating to financial assets, especially being or related to those financial assets that add to the net worth of a business:
  2. Most important or most serious; principal; chief
  3. First and foremost; principal:
Bright-red, like the robe of a cardinal
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  1. Bright-red, like the robe of a cardinal
  2. Of foremost importance; paramount:
  3. Of main importance; principal; chief
Highest, as in rank or office; foremost
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  1. Highest, as in rank or office; foremost
  2. Highest in rank, authority, or office:
  3. Most important or significant; main; principal
Preceding all others in a series; before any other; 1st
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  1. Preceding all others in a series; before any other; 1st
  2. Corresponding in order to the number one.
  3. Ranking above all others, as in importance or quality; foremost:
More prominent or important than others, especially in position or rank:
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  1. More prominent or important than others, especially in position or rank:
  2. First in rank or importance; leading
Controlling; essential; important
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  1. Controlling; essential; important
  2. Of crucial importance; significant:
Principal; chief
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  1. Principal; chief
  2. Having a position in the lead; foremost:
  3. Ranking first.
Most important; principal.
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  1. Most important; principal.
  2. (Nautical) Connected to or located near the mainmast:
  3. Chief in size, extent, importance, etc.; principal; leading; specif., designating a large central unit on which subsidiaries or branches depend
Characterized by major intervals, scales, etc.
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  1. Characterized by major intervals, scales, etc.
  2. Designating a triad having intervals of a major third between the lower two pitches, and a minor third between the upper two pitches
  3. Equivalent to the distance between the tonic note and the second or third or sixth or seventh degrees of a major scale or mode:
First in rank, order, or importance:
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  1. First in rank, order, or importance:
Highest in rank, power, or authority:
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  1. Highest in rank, power, or authority:
  2. Of chief concern or importance:
First in status or importance; principal or chief:
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  1. First in status or importance; principal or chief:
(Ornithology) Designating or of the large, stiff feathers on the last section, or hand, of a bird's wing
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  1. (Ornithology) Designating or of the large, stiff feathers on the last section, or hand, of a bird's wing
  2. Relating to the replacement of only one of several atoms or groups in a compound, such as an amine in which one valence of the functional group is taken by a carbon atom.
  3. First in importance; chief; principal; main
From which others are derived; fundamental; basic
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  1. From which others are derived; fundamental; basic
  2. Being the most desired or suitable example of something:
  3. First or highest in rank or importance; main:
Of, situated at, or being the top; uppermost, highest, greatest, or foremost
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  1. Of, situated at, or being the top; uppermost, highest, greatest, or foremost
  2. Of the highest degree, quality, rank, or amount:
  3. Of or having to do with the Top 40 or the kind of popular music they represent
Highest, as in rank or office; foremost
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  1. Highest, as in rank or office; foremost
  2. Most important or influential:
  3. Highest in rank, authority, or office:
Of, relating to, or intended for the head. Often used in combination:
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  1. Of, relating to, or intended for the head. Often used in combination:
  2. Placed at the top or the front:
  3. Foremost in rank or importance:
Information pointing toward a possible solution; a clue:
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  1. Information pointing toward a possible solution; a clue:
  2. Bullets from or for firearms; shot:
  3. (--- Chiefly British) A flat roof covered with sheets of lead.
The main character in a any story, such as a literary work or drama.
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  1. The main character in a any story, such as a literary work or drama.
  2. The leader of a cause; a champion.
  3. An advocate or champion of a cause or course of action.
Any mark, shape, emblem, or the like resembling such a figure, often used as an award, symbol of rank or authority, etc.
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  1. Any mark, shape, emblem, or the like resembling such a figure, often used as an award, symbol of rank or authority, etc.
  2. A large, spherical celestial body consisting of a mass of gas that is hot enough to sustain nuclear fusion and thus produce radiant energy. Stars begin their life cycle as clouds of gas and dust called nebulae and develop, through gravitation and accretion, into increasingly hot and dense protostars . In order to reach the temperature at which nuclear reactions are ignited (about 5 million degrees K), a protostar must have at least 80 times the mass of Jupiter. For most of its life a star fuses hydrogen into helium in its core, during which period it is known as a dwarf star and is classed according to its surface temperature and luminosity (or spectral type) on a continuum called the main sequence in the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram. When a star exhausts the hydrogen in its core, it typically develops into one of several non-main-sequence forms depending on how massive it is. Smaller stars, with masses less than eight times that of the Sun, become red giants and end their lives, after blowing away their outer layers, as white dwarfs . More massive stars become supergiants and end their lives, after exploding in a supernova, as either a neutron star or a black hole .
  3. The star key on a telephone:

Synonym Study

  • Capital is applied to that which is ranked at the head of its kind or class because of its importance or its special significance the capital city
  • Foremost suggests being first by having moved ahead to that position the foremost statesman of our time
  • Leading may stress capacity for guiding, conducting, or drawing others as well as implying a position first in importance or rank a leading light of the community
  • Main , in strict usage, is applied to the thing, often part of a system or an extensive whole, that is preeminent in size, power, importance, etc. the main line of a railroad
  • Chief is applied to a person or thing first in rank, authority, importance, significance, etc., and usually connotes subordination of all others chief executive officer, the chief advantages
  • Principal is applied to the thing or person having precedence over all others by reason of size, position, importance, etc. the principal rivers of Africa
Find another word for principal. In this page you can discover 82 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for principal, like: leading, chief, first, head, primary, prime, main, foremost, cardinal, key and major.