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agree in principle

To accept the general terms and/or conditions of a deal without having completed or agreed upon 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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Summary: Khartoum [Sudan], Apr 28 (ANI): Taking the first step towards breaking the prevailing deadlock, Sudan's ruling Military Transitional Council (MTC) and the Declaration of Freedom and Changes Forces agreed in principle to create a joint council to run the country until the next elections.
Both India and the US agreed in principle to go ahead with the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement which would allow the US forces to use military bases in India and to refuel fighter jets.
On Saturday Yemen's parliament agreed in principle to a series of constitutional amendments which could see Saleh as ruler for life (See MER 3/1/11).
Thirty-one nations meeting in Genevalast week agreed in principle to freeze and eventually reduce the production of some chemicals that attack stratospheric ozone.