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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

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

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

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

Origin 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



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

Full Definition of condition

con·di·tionedcon·di·tion·ing play \-ˈdi-sh(ə-)niŋ\


  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

con·di·tion·able play \-sh(ə-)nə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of condition

  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

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February 12, 2016

of, relating to, or suggestive of marble

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