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condition

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noun con·di·tion \kən-ˈdi-shən\

Simple Definition of condition

  • : a way of living or existing

  • : the state in which something exists : the physical state of something

  • : the physical or mental state of a person or animal

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of condition

  1. 1 a :  a premise upon which the fulfillment of an agreement depends :  stipulation b obsolete :  covenant c :  a provision making the effect of a legal instrument contingent upon an uncertain event; also :  the event itself

  2. 2 :  something essential to the appearance or occurrence of something else :  prerequisite: as a :  an environmental requirement <available oxygen is an essential condition for animal life> b :  the subordinate clause of a conditional sentence

  3. 3 a :  a restricting or modifying factor :  qualification b :  an unsatisfactory academic grade that may be raised by doing additional work

  4. 4 a :  a state of being <the human condition> b :  social status :  rank c :  a usually defective state of health <a serious heart condition> d :  a state of physical fitness or readiness for use <the car was in good condition> <exercising to get into condition> e plural :  attendant circumstances <poor living conditions>

  5. 5 a obsolete :  temper of mind b obsolete :  trait c plural archaic :  manners, ways

Examples of condition in a sentence

  1. Happiness is the state or condition of being happy.

  2. Their weakened condition makes them more likely to get sick.



Origin and Etymology of condition

Middle English condicion, from Anglo-French, from Latin condicion-, condicio terms of agreement, condition, from condicere to agree, from com- + dicere to say, determine — more at diction


First Known Use: 14th century


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condition

verb con·di·tion

Simple Definition of condition

  • : to train or influence (a person or an animal) to do something or to think or behave in a certain way because of a repeated experience

  • : to make (something, such as hair or leather) softer and less dry by applying a liquid

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of condition

conditioned

conditioning

play \-ˈdi-sh(ə-)niŋ\

archaic

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to make stipulations

  3. transitive verb
  4. 1 :  to agree by stipulating

  5. 2 :  to make conditional

  6. 3 a :  to put into a proper state for work or use b :  air-condition

  7. 4 :  to give a grade of condition to

  8. 5 a :  to adapt, modify, or mold so as to conform to an environing culture <traditional beliefs conditioning a child's attitude> b :  to modify so that an act or response previously associated with one stimulus becomes associated with another

conditionable

play \-sh(ə-)nə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of condition in a sentence

  1. <the length of time that it takes for runners to condition their bodies for a marathon>

  2. <an immigrant family that must condition its traditional attitudes regarding child rearing to the realities of modern American life>



15th Century

First Known Use of condition

15th century



CONDITION Defined for Kids

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condition

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noun con·di·tion \kən-ˈdi-shən\

Definition of condition for Students

  1. 1 :  state of physical fitness or readiness for use <The car was in good condition.>

  2. 2 :  something agreed upon or necessary if some other thing is to take place <You can come on the condition that you behave.>

  3. 3 conditions plural :  the way things are at a certain time or in a certain place <His body had adjusted … to the heat and harsh conditions. — Louis Sachar, Holes>

  4. 4 :  state of being <water in a frozen condition>

  5. 5 :  situation in life <people of humble condition>




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condition

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verb con·di·tion

Definition of condition for Students

conditioned

conditioning

  1. 1 :  to put into the proper or desired state

  2. 2 :  to change the habits of usually by training




Medical Dictionary

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condition

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noun con·di·tion \kən-ˈdish-ən\

Medical Definition of condition

  1. 1:  something essential to the appearance or occurrence of something else; especially :  an environmental requirement <available oxygen is an essential condition for animal life>

  2. 2a:  a usually defective state of health <a serious heart condition>b:  a state of physical fitness <exercising to get into condition>




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condition

transitive verb con·di·tion

Medical Definition of condition

conditioned

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conditioning

\-ˈdish-(ə-)niŋ\play
  1. :  to cause to undergo a change so that an act or response previously associated with one stimulus becomes associated with another

conditionable

\-(ə-)nə-bəl\play adjective



Law Dictionary

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condition

noun con·di·tion

Legal Definition of condition

  1. 1 :  an uncertain future act or event whose occurrence or nonoccurrence determines the rights or obligations of a party under a legal instrument and especially a contract; also :  a clause in the instrument describing the act or event and its effect concurrent condition :  a condition that is to be fulfilled by one party at the same time that a mutual condition is to be fulfilled by another party condition implied in law :  constructive condition in this entry condition precedent \-pri-ˈsēd-ənt, -ˈpre-sə-dənt\ :  a condition that must be fulfilled before performance under a contract can become due, an estate can vest, or a right can become effective condition subsequent :  a condition whose fulfillment defeats or modifies an estate or right already in effect or vested or discharges an already existing duty under a contract constructive condition :  a condition created by operation of law —called also condition implied in law — compare express condition in this entry express condition :  a condition created and explicitly stated by the parties to a contract — compare constructive condition in this entry potestative condition \ˈpō-tes-ˌtā-tiv\ in the civil law of Louisiana :  a condition whose fulfillment was completely within the power of the obligated party Editor's note: Article 1770 of the Louisiana Civil Code eliminates the term potestative condition, stating that suspensive conditions which depend on the whim of the obligated party make the obligation null, and that resolutory conditions which depend on the will of the obligated party must be fulfilled in good faith. resolutory condition \ˌre-zə-ˈlü-tə-rē-, ri-ˈzäl-yu̇-ˌtōr-ē-\ in the civil law of Louisiana :  a condition that upon fulfillment terminates an already enforceable obligation and entitles the parties to be restored to their original positions — see also potestative condition in this entry suspensive condition in the civil law of Louisiana :  a condition which must be fulfilled before an obligation is enforceable — see also potestative condition in this entry

  2. 2 :  a state of being <a latent defective condition>

  3. 3 :  one of the rights or obligations of the policyholder or the insurer set forth in an insurance policy

conditional

adjective

conditionally

adverb



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condition

transitive verb con·di·tion

Legal Definition of condition

conditioned

conditioning

  1. :  to make subject to conditions <the sale…was orally conditioned upon approval of the patent — J. D. Calamari and J. M. Perillo>





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