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Princeton's WordNet

  1. chiefly, principally, primarily, mainly, in the mainadverb

    for the most part

    "he is mainly interested in butterflies"


  1. principallyadverb

    In a primary manner; pertaining to the principal of a matter.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Principallyadverb

    Chiefly; above all; above the rest.

    Etymology: from principal.

    If the minister of divine offices shall take upon him that holy calling for covetous or ambitious ends, or shall not design the glory of God principally, he polluteth his heart. Tayl.

    They wholly mistake the nature of criticism, who think its business is principally to find fault. Dryden.

    The resistance of water arises principally from the vis inertiæ of its matter, and by consequence, if the heavens were as dense as water, they would not have much less resistance than water. Isaac Newton, Opticks.

    What I principally insist on, is due execution. Jonathan Swift.


  1. principally

    Principally refers to mainly or primarily; something that is of first importance or considered chiefly as the central or most significant element in a particular context. It can denote the main reason, source, cause, method, purpose or factor in a situation.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Principallyadverb

    in a principal manner; primarily; above all; chiefly; mainly

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of principally in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of principally in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of principally in a Sentence

  1. Daniel Whittle:

    Cuba is considered the crown jewel of the Caribbean, principally because of its incredible coral reef ecosystems, its mangroves, its sea grasses, healthy sharks mean healthy corals. Healthy corals mean healthy sharks.

  2. Louis XIV of France:

    Do not follow the bad example which I have set you; I have often undertaken war too lightly and have sustained it for vanity. Do not imitate me, but be a peaceful prince, and may you apply yourself principally to the alleviation of the burdens of your subjects

  3. Clint Watts:

    The same outlets that were pushing election propaganda and disinformation are still doing that, and principally with respect to the insurrection at the moment, putin is siding with those in the insurrection, and they will continue to push on behalf of GOP and against President Joe Biden.

  4. William Barr:

    The greatest danger to our free system is that the incumbent government use the apparatus of the state, principally the law enforcement agencies and the intelligence agencies, both to spy on political opponents, but also to use them in a way that could affect the outcome of the election.

  5. Cory Booker:

    I feel like it was unacceptable to me that President Donald Trump was given a venue which President Donald Trump filled principally with people President Donald Trump brought instead of students from this great university, members from the broader community, were not included, the Bipartisan Justice Center allowed President Donald Trump to create an illusion that President Donald Trump had support from HBCUs or this community when in fact, just as President Donald Trump's done to communities like this one throughout President Donald Trump entire professional career President Donald Trump does not have the support of communities like this that President Donald Trump actively demeans degrades and disempowers.

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  • главным образомRussian

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    cause to spread or flush or flood through, over, or across
    A fluster
    B suffuse
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