# Definition:Argument of Complex Number/Principal Range

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## Definition

It is understood that the argument of a complex number $z$ is unique only up to multiples of $2 k \pi$.

With this understanding, we can limit the choice of what $\theta$ can be for any given $z$ by requiring that $\theta$ lie in some half open interval of length $2 \pi$.

The most usual of these are:

$\hointr 0 {2 \pi}$
$\hointl {-\pi} \pi$

but in theory any such interval may be used.

This interval is known as the principal range.

## Linguistic Note

The word principal is an adjective which means main.

Do not confuse with the word principle, which is a noun.