editio princeps

[e-dit-i-oh pring-keps; English ih-dish-ee-oh prin-seps]
plural editiones principes [e-dit-i-oh-nes pring-ki-pes; English ih-dish-ee-oh-neez prin-suh-peez] .
Latin. first edition.
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facile princeps

[fah-ki-le pring-keps; English fas-uh-lee prin-seps]
easily the first or best.
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editio princeps (ɪˈdɪʃɪəʊ ˈprɪnsɛps)
n , pl editiones principes
the first printed edition of a work

facile princeps (ˈfæsɪlɪ ˈprɪnsɛps)
an obvious leader
[literally: easily first]

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Word Origin & History

facile princeps
1834, from L., lit. "easily first." An acknowledged leader or chief.
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princeps prin·ceps (prĭn'sěps')
Principal; main. Used in anatomy to distinguish several arteries.

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Example sentences for princeps
In his capacity as princeps, selfishness and selflessness coexisted in his mind.
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