Definition of in principle in English:

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in principle

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 ceasefire
More 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.
Synonyms
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 necessary
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  • 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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