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a. a territory ruled by a prince
b. a territory from which a prince draws his title
2. the dignity or authority of a prince



(in Russian, kniazhestvo), a monarchical state headed by a prince and most typical of the period of feudal fragmentation. In ancient Rus’ the first principalities were established between the ninth and early tenth centuries. In the 11th to 12th centuries a number of principalities broke away from Kievan Rus’ (which in turn disintegrated into appanages held by representatives of the princely family) and were named after their capitals (for example, the principalities of Riazan’ and Vladimir). The largest of them were called grand principalities. From the end of the 15th century through the early 16th the principalities of northeastern Rus’ were united to form a centralized Russian state under the Grand Principality of Moscow.

In other states, the principality (in German, Fürstentum and in French, principauté) was also the typical political formation of the period of feudal fragmentation. Territorial principalities continued to exist in Germany until they were united to form the German Empire in 1871. A number of principalities still exist (Liechtenstein and Monaco in Western Europe and the Arab principalities on the Persian Gulf [United Arab Emirates]). Until 1950 there were principalities in India.

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Every month one sports team from around Wales and the borders is selected to win a new kit from Principality up to the value of PS500.
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For example, despite their assertions to the contrary, there have been no hearings, trials or appearances in this case, and thus nothing at which the Principality "failed to appear.
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He added: "In many ways 'Principality' is the perfect partner to sell the naming rights - Wales is often referred to as 'the Principality' and being the national stadium of Wales, 'The Principality Stadium' makes a lot of sense.
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