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in principle

Generally, without regard to the specific details. The government has agreed in principle that it will cover the cost of building a new school, but so far we haven't seen a clear proposal on how this would be accomplished.
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in principle

Fundamentally, in general, but not necessarily in all particulars. For example, The diplomats accepted the idea in principle but would rely on experts to work out all the details . [Early 1800s]
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in ˈprinciple


1 according to the general principles or theory: In principle the machine should work in any climate, but we haven’t actually tried it out abroad yet.
2 in general but not necessarily in detail: In principle I agree with you, but I’m not sure that it’s the most effective solution to the problem.
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in principle

With regard to the basics: an idea that is acceptable in principle.
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businesses covered by the agreement in principle are Columbus Circle Investors, Thomson Fund Group and Thomson Investor Services.
NYSE: CNA) announced today that its Continental Casualty Company (CCC) subsidiary has reached an agreement in principle for an omnibus settlement to resolve all future asbestos-related bodily injury claims involving Fibreboard Corp.
NASDAQ: ALGR) today announced that management has reached an agreement in principle for the sale of all of the stock of its investment banking and asset management subsidiary, Dougherty Dawkins, Inc.
May 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Torchmark Corporation (NYSE: TMK) and United Investors Management Company (NYSE: UTD) announced today that they have agreed in principle on a cash purchase price of $31.
with respect to a reinsurance venture about which the companies had previously announced that they had reached an agreement in principle in February.
NASDAQ: CPSS) ("CPS") announced today that it has entered into an agreement, in principle, with a major diversified west coast insurance company calling for that company to acquire up to $25,000,000 in automobile installment contracts originated by CPS.
27 /PRNewswire/ -- Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Ohio (BCBSO) has agreed in principle to purchase Columbus-based United Health Plan, Inc.