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on the understanding that

Dependent on agreement to a specific named condition. I'm willing to lend you the money, on the understanding that it will be repaid with interest. His parents agreed to pay for his college tuition, on the understanding that he would pursue a career in medicine.
See also: on, that, understanding

come to an understanding

(with someone) Go to reach an understanding with someone.
See also: come, understanding

reach an understanding with someone

 and come to an understanding (with someone)
to achieve a settlement or an agreement with someone. I hope we are able to reach an understanding with the commissioners. We were able to reach an understanding with Tony.
See also: reach, understanding

on the underˈstanding that...

(formal) used to introduce a condition that must be agreed before something else can happen: They agreed to the changes on the understanding that they would be introduced gradually.
See also: on, understanding

understanding

n. the feet. (Old. A pun. Always singular.) The boy has a good understanding. Majorly big gunboats, in fact.
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If we understood each other perfectly face-to-face, presumably we would cease to speak: in the end we would just look understandingly at each other.
Though I was born and bred a countryman and Williams was as natively urban (and far more understandingly urban than I was rural), as I read his poems that summer in a place so congenial to my mind, they seemed oddly to fit.
7b it can also understandingly seen why common methods aim at the Layer around #26.
When the needs of family members of neuroscience patients were compared between those that planned an admission and those for whom the admission was unexpected, understandingly their needs were different.
There is a kind of double projection in this hermeneutic paradigm of constitutional analysis: on the one hand, practices in their interrelatedness are projecting possibilities; on the other, Dasein projects understandingly itself upon possibilities.
Super bantamweight Frampton (6-0) is understandingly excited by the fact his next six bouts will be in his home town.
Nodding understandingly to his dilemma, we sniggered behind his back.
When a girl tells them, 'I don't want to risk our friendship,' they nod understandingly all the while thinking, 'hmmm, must try another time.
A term retained from ancient Latin pleading, scienter refers to the fact that holding one accountable for his actions requires that one must act knowingly or understandingly in the matter in question.
WHEN PEOPLE hear about Laurie Collinson moving from Brisbane to Melbourne in 1950, they usually nod understandingly.
The stanza break between "anything" and "like that" has the remarkable effect of positioning the reader as someone who would see them (whoever they are) "go again," as if the speaker points to those who are leaving and the reader, within line-of-sight, nods understandingly, "Yes, there they go.
While Statler and Johns are understandingly selective in the case studies used in the book, the absence of any discussion of Cuba is a glaring omission, given the events that would take place in that country after Eisenhower's watch.
The photos are, understandingly, limited to the people whose experiences form the narrative.
While tourist bosses and those behind the food ventures are understandingly clapping their hands in glee, the person wearing the biggest smile is The Good Food Guide's Elizabeth Charlton.
Given the ideological rivalry Iranian leaders maintained with the US as the symbol of "global anti-Islamic forces," they understandingly did not want the "Great Satan" to achieve victory in Iraq, an Islamic country.