in and of itself

Idioms & Phrases

in and of itself

Intrinsically, considered alone. For example, In and of itself the plan might work, but I doubt that it will be approved. It is also put simply as in itself, as in This account may be true in itself. [First half of 1600s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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