Main and Principal

Main

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Main adjective – Coming before all others in importance.
Usage example: this is the main point of the study—everything else is secondary

Principal is a synonym for main in characteristic topic. In some cases you can use "Principal" instead the word "Main" as an adjective or a noun, when it comes to topics like position, original, top, important. popular alternative
Nearby Words: mainly, mainline
Synonyms for Main

Principal

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Principal adjective – Coming before all others in importance.
Usage example: our principal reason for coming here today

Main is a synonym for principal in characteristic topic. You can use "Main" instead the word "Principal" as an adjective or a noun, if it concerns topics such as position, original, top, important. popular alternative
Nearby Words: principle, principally, principality, principe
Synonyms for Principal

How words are described

female female main female principal
current current main current principal
responsible responsible main responsible principal

Things that words describes

character main character principal character
attack main attack principal attack
role main role principal role
part main part principal part
Other nouns: motivation, interest, conflict, reason, cast, team, series, couple, rival, characters, method, theme, difference, villain, antagonist, weapon, source, reasons, enemies, themes, guys, antagonists, girls, villains.

Both words in one sentence

  • As everyone leaves, Spongebob bids farewell to all of the principal/main support characters before bidding farewell to "the rest." A ton of nameless background characters then rush out of the house.
    Source: And the Rest
  • Chapman from Animorphs is a junior high school vice principal and an important member of the Sharing, one of the Yeerks' main fronts for "recruiting" young people.
  • Fame: The TV Series had an episode entitled "The Crimson Blade" where the main character of a swashbuckling play inspires the students to fight back against an oppressive substitute principal.
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Principal and Main. (2016). Retrieved 2020, November 30, from https://thesaurus.plus/related/main/principal
Main & Principal. N.p., 2016. Web. 30 Nov. 2020. <https://thesaurus.plus/related/main/principal>.
Principal or Main. 2016. Accessed November 30, 2020. https://thesaurus.plus/related/main/principal.

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