- 1As a general idea or plan, although the details are not yet established or clear: the government agreed in principle to a peace plan that included a ceasefireMore example sentences
- The plan was accepted in principle but the details for it were not.
- Councillors agreed to the scheme in principle, with the detail being delegated to planning officers.
- The town council says it supports the plan in principle, but says there could be problems finding a suitable location.
- 1.1Used to indicate that although something is theoretically possible, it may not actually happen: in principle, the banks are entitled to withdraw these loans when necessaryMore example sentences
- The first test here should be whether infinite computing power is, in principle, even possible.
- Although having a smoke free environment seems good in principle, how would it be enforced?
- However, he sees no reason to believe that a machine cannot, in principle, do the things humans can do.
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