In and in of itself

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in and in of itself

Quote by Chuck Klosterman: “In and of itself, nothing really matters. What ...”

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In and Of Itself

By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy , Privacy Policy , and our Terms of Service. It only takes a minute to sign up. But in and of itself, the phrase "in and of itself" has no meaning. That is, the individual words don't seem to contribute to the whole meaning of the phrase. Words and phrases often hang on long after the things they originated from have vanished. You may know a few people who are ruthless, for instance, but when was the last time you described anyone as ruthfull? It's a very stylish turn of phrase when used correctly.

We hate grammatical errors with passion. Learn More. There's a functional difference. It's a slight archaism. I think, but "of itself" is different from "in itself", meaning "of its own volition".

Add itself to one of your lists below, or create a new one. A semicolon can also separate the things in a list. Weighed down or perking up? Phrasal verbs to express emotions, part 1. Cambridge Dictionary Plus My profile How to Log out. Definitions Clear explanations of natural written and spoken English.

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Uh oh! It looks like you have JavaScript turned off. While most of our site should function with out, we recommend turning it back on for a better experience. To many people, the phrase in and of itself sounds clunky and old-fashioned. However, when used sparingly—and correctly—it serves a purpose. Example: The weather was not, in and of itself, the cause of the traffic delays. The weather was not the cause of the traffic delays.


  1. Bernabé A. says:

    Prepositional phrase[edit]. in and of itself. by itself; with respect to its intrinsic or inherent nature without consideration of extraneous factors; per se, intrinsically.

  2. Joy S. says:

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  3. Madox C. says:

    ITSELF | meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

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