Though they are pronounced the same and share similar spellings, principal and principle have distinctly different meanings.
Principal, as an adjective, refers to the first or foremost ranked item.
She had the principal part in the school’s play.
(Someone who heads a school is a principal teacher or principal.)
Principle, on the other hand, is a rule or policy governing actions or conduct.
We will adhere to the principles that have kept this firm profitable and the envy of our industry.
The principles apply to everyone from entry level to management.
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