Definition of principally in English:



  • sentence adverb For the most part; chiefly.

    ‘he was principally a landscape painter’
    • ‘This analysis ignores gains in quality of life, principally because of a lack of information.’
    • ‘In most instances coals principally generate and expel gas on heating in the subsurface.’
    • ‘They now have to lease the trains that they use, principally from three private companies.’
    • ‘We try to police these matches principally with off-duty officers - that's the aim.’
    • ‘I expertly hold the glasses up to the natural light principally because that's what Bill is doing.’
    • ‘The lecturer dealt principally with the budding of fruit trees and the control of insect pests.’
    • ‘That Act will principally deal with all complaints issues and disciplinary issues.’
    • ‘From a very early age, she read and wrote extensively about several subjects, principally astronomy.’
    • ‘This CD focuses principally on songs and arias recorded in one week in March 1907.’
    • ‘The crowds will show up principally to enjoy their favourite big-name musical acts.’
    • ‘Wigtown, once famous principally for its covenanting martyrs, is these days a book town.’
    • ‘Vinifera grapes are used principally for wine-making, table grapes, and drying grapes.’
    • ‘Bell specialises in reed or pipe instruments from exotic locations, principally South East Asia.’
    • ‘They feel visual communication is principally concerned with good taste.’
    • ‘The restriction is principally one of procedure rather than substance.’
    • ‘It's principally a high-altitude tourist resort and the prices can be as high as the mountains.’
    • ‘The main causes of death were cholera, typhoid, and typhus, due principally to a total neglect of hygiene.’
    • ‘Before then, corn had been sold in the open air, principally in Pavement.’
    • ‘The buildings at the property comprise, principally, the main house which fronts onto the driveway.’
    • ‘The Newman Institute was what principally attracted him to come and live in Ballina.’
    mainly, mostly, chiefly, for the most part, in the main, on the whole, largely, by and large, to a large extent, to a great degree, predominantly, predominately, above all, first and foremost, basically, substantially, overall, in general, effectively, especially, particularly, primarily, generally, usually, typically, commonly, as a rule
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