by itself

by itself

Alone; with nothing else added. One nail by itself won't hold up that picture frame—put another nail in on this side. I think this dish is fine by itself—it doesn't need a sauce.
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by itself

with the help of nothing else; without the addition of anything else. Will this food be enough by itself for all of us? Can the dog get out of the house by itself?
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References in classic literature ?
The different governments will control each other, at the same time that each will be controlled by itself.
Thus, in respect of the manner in which the thing takes place, it is the peculiar mark of substance that it should be capable of admitting contrary qualities; for it is by itself changing that it does so.
It will do this by itself, and by leading to polygamy and polyamory.
Yet while devotees of Krsna ("the highest pleasure") often study this work by itself as one of their great scriptures, it is also part of a larger story, the historical epic the Mahabharata.
Because so many non-genetic variables are involved in the diseases that cause the vast majority of human deaths, and because the body in many instances can compensate for specific genetic defects, genetic testing by itself rarely gives accurate predictions of who will get sick from what--a reality unchanged by knowing the complete sequence of the human genome.
Also, the ceiling lift by itself replaces the traditional array of hydraulic floor lift, toilet commode, raised toilet seat, Versa frame, bath transfer bench and bath lift.
Perhaps the hardest thing for people to grasp is that the economy has the properties of a living organism - it runs by itself.
In the case of Poussin, the system of painting devised in the Italian Renaissance is now seen as something that "walks by itself," an ensemble of rules and protocols that are utterly impersonal - a system that no longer has anything to do with the painter's actual or living perception of the world.
There is no doubt in his mind that his material actually proved hint a patriot and the king's loyal servant, as far as it makes sense to envision such a material in and by itself, which is not much.
Night, By Itself, premiered on a program that included three other Miller dances: St.
In Night, By Itself, Miller goes to the opposite extreme.
One would think that by itself it would force the Church to action, but recent history tells us that likely nothing would happen unless the results of homosexuality in the clergy were blazoned on our secular newspapers time after time.