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 for Principal challenge
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Principal \Prin"ci*pal\, a. [F., from L. principalis. See
     Prince.]
     1. Highest in rank, authority, character, importance, or
        degree; most considerable or important; chief; main; as,
        the principal officers of a Government; the principal men
        of a state; the principal productions of a country; the
        principal arguments in a case.
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              Wisdom is the principal thing.        --Prov. iv. 7.
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     2. Of or pertaining to a prince; princely. [A Latinism]
        [Obs.] --Spenser.
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     Principal axis. See Axis of a curve, under Axis.
  
     Principal axes of a quadric (Geom.), three lines in which
        the principal planes of the solid intersect two and two,
        as in an ellipsoid.
  
     Principal challenge. (Law) See under Challenge.
  
     Principal plane. See Plane of projection
        (a), under Plane.
  
     Principal of a quadric (Geom.), three planes each of which
        is at right angles to the other two, and bisects all
        chords of the quadric perpendicular to the plane, as in an
        ellipsoid.
  
     Principal point (Persp.), the projection of the point of
        sight upon the plane of projection.
  
     Principal ray (Persp.), the line drawn through the point of
        sight perpendicular to the perspective plane.
  
     Principal section (Crystallog.), a plane passing through
        the optical axis of a crystal.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Challenge \Chal"lenge\, n. [OE. chalenge claim, accusation,
     challenge, OF. chalenge, chalonge, claim, accusation,
     contest, fr. L. calumnia false accusation, chicanery. See
     Calumny.]
     1. An invitation to engage in a contest or controversy of any
        kind; a defiance; specifically, a summons to fight a duel;
        also, the letter or message conveying the summons.
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              A challenge to controversy.           --Goldsmith.
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     2. The act of a sentry in halting any one who appears at his
        post, and demanding the countersign.
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     3. A claim or demand. [Obs.]
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              There must be no challenge of superiority.
                                                    --Collier.
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     4. (Hunting) The opening and crying of hounds at first
        finding the scent of their game.
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     5. (Law) An exception to a juror or to a member of a court
        martial, coupled with a demand that he should be held
        incompetent to act; the claim of a party that a certain
        person or persons shall not sit in trial upon him or his
        cause. --Blackstone
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     6. An exception to a person as not legally qualified to vote.
        The challenge must be made when the ballot is offered. [U.
        S.]
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     Challenge to the array (Law), an exception to the whole
        panel.
  
     Challenge to the favor, the alleging a special cause, the
        sufficiency of which is to be left to those whose duty and
        office it is to decide upon it.
  
     Challenge to the polls, an exception taken to any one or
        more of the individual jurors returned.
  
     Peremptory challenge, a privilege sometimes allowed to
        defendants, of challenging a certain number of jurors
        (fixed by statute in different States) without assigning
        any cause.
  
     Principal challenge, that which the law allows to be
        sufficient if found to be true.
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