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principal
used in To Kill a Mockingbird

3 uses
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Definition
most important; or person who is most important
The exact meaning of principal can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "the principal idea" or "the principal performer" — the most important
  • "the principal of the school" — the person in charge
  • "a principal of a company" — an owner or person with controlling authority
  • "the principal in a transaction" (as contrasted to the agent) — the person on whose behalf an agent acts
  • "If you don't I'll call the principal," she said.
    p. 37.2
principal = person in charge of the school
  • The Radleys, welcome anywhere in town, kept to themselves, a predilection unforgivable in Maycomb. They did not go to church, Maycomb's principal recreation, but worshiped at home; Mrs. Radley seldom if ever crossed the street for a mid-morning coffee break with her neighbors, and certainly never joined a missionary circle.
    p. 11.4
  • principal = most important
  • I'll just call up the principal and tell him!
    p. 134.8
principal = person in charge of the school
There are no more uses of "principal" in To Kill a Mockingbird.

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