in and of itself

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - in and of itself

"in and of itself"


considered in isolation


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - in and of itself

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: Do you think Karl will be fired for calling the boss a stupid jerk?

Colleague 2: Name calling is not in and of itself a firing offence.

Colleague 1: But there are a number of other work-related issues with Karl that could add to the current incident and get him fired.

Colleague 2: I suppose that is possible.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - in and of itself

A couple are talking ...

Wife: You are getting home very late. This bad weather must have made traffic really slow.

Husband: The weather, in and of itself, was not the cause of the bad traffic. But the weather did cause some accidents. And it was those accidents that slowed traffic to a crawl.

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in and of itself - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for in and of itself.

in and of itself - Examples:

1)  And having an affair, in and of itself, doesn't disqualify anybody from holding a position of public authority.

2)  This interdependence emerges because the Internet is not a thing in and of itself -- it's a manifestation of human desires.

3)  While parental psychiatric disorders convey a risk to children in and of itself, it may also serve as an identifier for a series of adversities that also ...

4)  Plus, the copy is infringing in and of itself, because it's an illegal copy made of the original work and distributed to ...

5)  Giving people a place to talk about important issues has value in and of itself, and the more we restrict that and impose limits on it, the more ...

6)  If size in and of itself were a determining factor in whether a person were capable of committing a violent act ...

7)  ... decision to create a personal computer for mass-market consumption was an innovation in and of itself; without that important idea, the computer landscape would not look the way ...

8)  ... rules within the minecraft architecture. That doesn't make minecraft, in and of itself, a game. 

9)  Some people have a hard time understanding that learning can be fun in and of itself and people can choose that over any other activity.

10)  Being a different color, in and of itself doesn't mean the person thinks differently from a person of the dominant culture.

11)  ... we just keep leveling down. So is weighted student formula, in and of itself, the right way to go? Or do we need other systemic changes along ...

12)  ... was very enjoyable but that's because the journey was an experience in and of itself.

13)  His reluctance to engage them is revealing in and of itself, suggesting he had a reason for his lack of confidence.

14)  Economics is not a value in and of itself. It is only a way of weighing one value against another.

15)  Activity in and of itself isn't always telling of productivity.

16)  ... job listings and fill out applications. It's become a job in and of itself.

17)  It's free to play in and of itself, but at first, you'll only have access to ten possible characters out ...

18)  ... it should be stressed more that birth control is legitimate preventative medicine in and of itself. Insurance plans that don't cover it are incomplete.

19)  Spiritual awakening is, in and of itself, just one type of shift in consciousness.

20)  Picking out the color palette was a challenge in and of itself. There are so many pretty options, ...