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

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The data scientist has Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis (PPMS), a condition that affects the central nervous system. refinery29.com, "Chronic Illness Prepared Them For The Pandemic. What Happens When It's Over?," 7 Apr. 2021 Concerns center on a rare condition called cerebral venous sinus thrombosis, or CVST, a clot that stops blood from draining from the brain. Washington Post, "AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine plausibly linked to rare brain clots, European regulators say," 7 Apr. 2021 Patients who were diagnosed with encephalopathy, a severe brain condition, during their illness were at the highest risk (62.3%). Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "A Third of COVID-19 Patients Develop a Mental Health or Neurological Condition Within Six Months," 7 Apr. 2021 The Faulconer administration also did not get an independent evaluation of the condition of 101 Ash St., a 19-story high-rise constructed in the late 1960s. Michael Smolens Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Sports arena development becomes another troubled real estate transaction for Faulconer," 7 Apr. 2021 The auction listings say it's mostly gone, but buyers must sign a hold harmless agreement, regarding the lead and structural condition of the gratings. Minnah Arshad, Detroit Free Press, "You can own a piece of Michigan's iconic Mackinac Bridge: How to bid," 7 Apr. 2021 While most other collections limit what’s presented to gleaming showpieces, Mullin makes sure that his museum gives visitors a glimpse into how some cars are found before master restorers take them back to concours-quality condition. Marco Della Cava, Robb Report, "The Mullin Automotive Museum Gets the Green Light to Reopen," 7 Apr. 2021 Attacks on people’s age and mental condition often ignore the reality of growing old in the U.S. today. Tara Law, Time, "Ageist Attacks Against President Biden Reinforce Outdated Stereotypes—and Hurt Younger People, Too," 7 Apr. 2021 Believed to be more common in younger women, the cases are an unusual condition in which clots are combined with unusually low levels of platelets, a disorder that can lead to bleeding. New York Times, "Possible Side Effects of AstraZeneca Vaccine Come Into Sharper Focus," 6 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Raimi suggested Biden could condition some of the federal funding on states reforming their policies. Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner, "Biden infrastructure plan calls for employing oil workers to plug leaking wells: How it would work," 5 Apr. 2021 The hydrolyzed wheat protein, also known as phyto peptides, is an ingredient that helps to condition and moisturize the hair. Sophie Cockett, Glamour, "Kate Middleton Swears By This Styling Cream to Smooth Frizz," 4 Apr. 2021 Compost is an excellent amendment to condition your soil and improve it over time. oregonlive, "Follow these steps to replenish nutrients in raised garden beds: Ask an expert," 13 Mar. 2021 Kaluuya further refined the performance with the help of the dialect coach Audrey LeCrone, as well as an opera singing coach who taught him how to condition his vocal cords and engage his diaphragm for the big speech scenes. New York Times, "How Daniel Kaluuya Makes His Characters Come Alive," 4 Mar. 2021 Bergamot, Vetiver and Citrus oils refresh the body while Mango Seed and Shea butters nourish and deeply condition the skin, leaving you feeling recharged and balanced throughout the day. Joseph Deacetis, Forbes, "Skincare Products Formulated To Be An Essential Part Of Her Daily Routine," 28 Feb. 2021 That incident occurred amid calls from some right-wing Israeli politicians to condition the delivery on the release of hostages and human remains held by Hamas. Washington Post, "Israel agrees to vaccinate Palestinian workers, Palestinian officials say," 20 Feb. 2021 The Biden-Harris administration should work with lawmakers to condition aid on the implementation of family-friendly workplace policies. Arkansas Online, "OPINION | LYZ LENZ: Help women return to work," 21 Dec. 2020 Oil and condition the wallet regularly with a conditioner such as Leather Honey. Jeremy Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Make a Gift: A Timeless Leather Wallet Anyone Will Love," 19 Dec. 2020

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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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The first known use of condition was in the 14th century

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condition

noun

English Language Learners Definition of condition

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

condition

verb

English Language Learners Definition of condition (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

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

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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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