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Konstantin Stoychev
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Merriam-Webster says:

Principal as an adjective means “the most important.” As a noun, it refers to someone in a leading position, or the executive officer of a school. Principle, on the other hand, can only be a noun, referring to “a fundamental truth,” “a code or law,” or “an underlying quality that motivates one’s behavior” (as in “following one’s principles”).

So they are not interchangeable