Pronunciation: (prin"su-pal'i-tē), [key]
pl. -ties.

1. a state ruled by a prince, usually a relatively small state or a state that falls within a larger state such as an empire.
2. the position or authority of a prince or chief ruler; sovereignty; supreme power.
3. the rule of a prince of a small or subordinate state.
4. the Principality, Brit.Wales.
5. principalities, Theol.
a. an order of angels. Cf. angel (def. 1).
b. supramundane powers often in conflict with God. Ephes. 6:12.
6. Obs.preeminence.

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