condition

noun
con·​di·​tion | \ kən-ˈdi-shən How to pronounce condition (audio) \

Definition of condition

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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 must meet the terms and conditions of the contract also : the event itself
2 : something essential to the appearance or occurrence of something else : prerequisite: such as
a : an environmental requirement Available oxygen is an essential condition for animal life.
b : the clause of a conditional sentence
3a : a restricting or modifying factor : qualification
b : an unsatisfactory academic grade that may be raised by doing additional work
4a : 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 conditions plural : attendant circumstances poor living conditions safe working conditions
5a obsolete : temper of mind
b obsolete : trait
c conditions plural, archaic : manners, ways

condition

verb
conditioned; conditioning\ kən-​ˈdi-​sh(ə-​)niŋ How to pronounce condition (audio) \

Definition of condition (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

archaic : to make stipulations

transitive verb

1 : to agree by stipulating
2 : to make conditional
3a : to put into a proper state for work or use
4 : to give a grade of condition to
5a : 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

Other Words from condition

Verb

conditionable \ kən-​ˈdi-​sh(ə-​)nə-​bəl How to pronounce condition (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for condition

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

  • decondition
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Examples of condition in a Sentence

Noun Happiness is the state or condition of being happy. Their weakened condition makes them more likely to get sick. Verb the length of time that it takes for runners to condition their bodies for a marathon an immigrant family that must condition its traditional attitudes regarding child rearing to the realities of modern American life
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Because the Twitter bid would only add to that percentage, Musk has faced pressure to reduce his equity commitment, according to people with knowledge of the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive matters. Reed Albergotti, Washington Post, 13 May 2022 The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss details of the investigation. CBS News, 12 May 2022 But Thursday’s moves are exacerbating fears of an employee exodus in response to Musk’s ownership, two people familiar with internal discussions who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe sensitive matters, told The Post. Elizabeth Dwoskin And Will Oremus, BostonGlobe.com, 12 May 2022 Meadows remained quiet throughout the discussion, according to an administration official familiar with the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe a private meeting. Michael Kranish, Anchorage Daily News, 11 May 2022 City officials proposed a new funding formula for street maintenance that will determine its budget based on the condition of a street rather than the size of the road network. Megan Stringer, San Antonio Express-News, 11 May 2022 The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly disclose the information. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, 5 May 2022 The sailors spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the press and feared retaliation. Melissa Chan, NBC News, 5 May 2022 Officials interviewed for this article spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss details of the classified intelligence being shared with Ukraine. New York Times, 4 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Together, these components soothe and condition the skin, leaving it free of irritation and with a light, refreshing scent. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 31 Mar. 2022 Facial oils are oil-based and are used to soften and condition the skin. Cristina Montemayor, SELF, 28 Mar. 2022 But since withdrawing its troops in the north to focus on Donbas, Russia has been putting equipment and support forces in place ahead of its combat troops to favorably condition the battlefield. Matt Seyler, ABC News, 22 Apr. 2022 But what piqued our interest is the product’s formula, designed to condition without weighing hair down. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 6 Apr. 2022 From those tough words back in AAU, Mack has learned how to condition herself. Matt Cohen, The Indianapolis Star, 25 Mar. 2022 Coconut oil comes together with shea butter to condition dry lips and repair damage, all while ensuring eight hours of endless hydration. Health.com, 9 Dec. 2021 California Angel, trained by George Leonard, the first Black to condition a Breeders’ Cup horse, finished 11th in the 14-horse field. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, 5 Nov. 2021 Babassu, moringa, umutanga, jojoba, and seabuckthorn oils condition hair and conquer frizz. ELLE, 13 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of condition

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for condition

Noun and Verb

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

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condition

noun
con·​di·​tion | \ kən-ˈdi-shən How to pronounce condition (audio) \

Kids Definition of condition

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : state of physical fitness or readiness for use The car was in good condition.
2 : something agreed upon or necessary if some other thing is to take place You can come on the condition that you behave.
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 : state of being water in a frozen condition
5 : situation in life people of humble condition

condition

verb
conditioned; conditioning

Kids Definition of condition (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to put into the proper or desired state
2 : to change the habits of usually by training

condition

noun
con·​di·​tion | \ kən-ˈdish-ən How to pronounce condition (audio) \

Medical Definition of condition

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : something essential to the appearance or occurrence of something else especially : an environmental requirement available oxygen is an essential condition for animal life
2a : a usually defective state of health a serious heart condition
b : a state of physical fitness exercising to get into condition

condition

transitive verb
conditioned; conditioning\ -​ˈdish-​(ə-​)niŋ How to pronounce condition (audio) \

Medical Definition of condition (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cause to undergo a change so that an act or response previously associated with one stimulus becomes associated with another

Other Words from condition

conditionable \ -​(ə-​)nə-​bəl How to pronounce condition (audio) \ adjective

condition

noun
con·​di·​tion

Legal Definition of condition

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

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 : a state of being a latent defective condition
3 : one of the rights or obligations of the policyholder or the insurer set forth in an insurance policy

Other Words from condition

conditional adjective
conditionally adverb

condition

transitive verb
conditioned; conditioning

Legal Definition of condition (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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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