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Principal is usually an adjective meaning "main," but it may also be a noun indicating the individual who runs a school, a key person in a business enterprise, or a deposit that draws interest. Principle is a noun meaning "a generalization or law."

The principal goal of this theoretical study is to determine the principles of friction and unrestrained expansion that make processes irreversible.

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