on the understanding that

idiom

used to say that something is done, accepted, etc., because one has been told that something else will happen or is true
She agreed to do the work on the understanding that she would be paid now.

Examples of on the understanding that in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Commercial bribery occurs when a person, typically an employee, without consent of the beneficiary, intentionally accepts or agrees to accept any benefit from another person on the understanding that the benefit will influence the conduct between the two, according to the law. Nicole Lopez, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 23 Feb. 2024 Japan’s constitutional pacifism has always been predicated on the understanding that the U.S. would guarantee its security. Ian Buruma, The New Yorker, 16 Oct. 2023

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“On the understanding that.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/on%20the%20understanding%20that. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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