Definition of in the first place in English:

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in the first place

1As the first consideration or point: political reality was not quite that simple—in the first place, divisions existed within the parties
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  • None of the new measures seem to consider addressing the main cause of the problem in the first place.
  • He refers to one recent study which considers the reasons why bloggers blog in the first place.
  • To answer this we must consider whether Doris's acceptance is valid in the first place.
1.1At the beginning; to begin with (especially in reference to the time when an action was being planned or discussed): I should have told you in the first place
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  • What makes me feel so really stupid is how I actually managed to begin smoking in the first place.
  • By the way, why do you feel the need to mention the fact that you carry a knife in the first place?
  • Sadly, it also gave me the chance to remember why we had lost touch in the first place.
initially, at first, at the start, at the outset, in/at the beginning, in the first instance, to begin with, to start with, originally
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