noun con·di·tion \kən-ˈdi-shən\

: 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

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


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

Related to 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

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

Full Definition of CONDITION

intransitive verb
:  to make stipulations
transitive verb
:  to agree by stipulating
:  to make conditional
a :  to put into a proper state for work or use
b :  air-condition
:  to give a grade of condition to
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 \-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>

First Known Use of CONDITION

15th century
May 28, 2015
fictioneer Hear it
someone who writes fiction
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