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 conditioning (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 conditionable (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for condition

Synonyms: Noun

estate, fettle, form, health, keeping, kilter, nick [British], order, repair, shape, trim

Synonyms: Verb

season, train

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

Yet, Sow said, conditions were the worst in the Butler and Morrow jails. Mark Curnutte, Cincinnati.com, "'I do everything all Americans do.' Home but for how long? ICE releases Mauritanian man after 11 months," 16 July 2019 Some of the suspects were high school students at the time of the slayings, according to a law enforcement official who spoke on condition of anonymity. Los Angeles Times, "MS-13 members from L.A. charged in string of grisly killings, prosecutors say," 16 July 2019 Climate change isn’t a future condition for many Californians. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Can Coastal California Adapt to Climate Change?," 15 July 2019 However, speaking generally, jail manager Fredrik Wallin told the BBC’s Radio 1 Newsbeat that conditions at Kronoberg were good, especially since a renovation in 2017. Christie D'zurilla, latimes.com, "With ASAP Rocky still jailed in Sweden, celebs rally for rapper’s release," 12 July 2019 Argo is trying to develop technology that, within a few years, would allow cars to drive themselves without human help, but only in a contained area where conditions are more predictable. New York Times, "Ford and VW Agree to Share Costs of Self-Driving and Electric Cars," 12 July 2019 The club now has 50 members and is in a flourishing condition. Kevin Dayhoff, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Dayhoff: ‘Westminster and The Recreation Problem’ a recurring theme addressed by local newspapers," 12 July 2019 To me, the conditions of the roads are not only an aesthetic issue, but a safety one, too. Gary Richards, The Mercury News, "Welcome to ‘Garbage Valley’: Roadshow," 11 July 2019 The conditions are a far cry from the last time Epstein was incarcerated. Bloomberg News, al.com, "Jeffrey Epstein now sharing a jail with ‘El Chapo’," 10 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Joe Bessette brought his air conditioned, restored 1964 GM PD 4106 Bus. Denise Coffey, courant.com, "Truck History Museum Rolls Into Brooklyn," 28 June 2019 Phones have conditioned us to need to go to do something else every 30 seconds. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Gustavo Romero goes big on Beethoven," 27 June 2019 Also, if your home isn’t air conditioned, be sure to leave windows open but screens closed and keep the cat’s favorite spot cool or provide shade. Carol Kovach, cleveland.com, "Parma Anima Shelter shares pet-care tips for lazy, hazy summer days: Sun Postings," 25 June 2019 Tall ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows produce a light and airy space, and a heated and air conditioned garage with glass panels rounds out the amenities. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Modern glass and steel house asks $3.6M," 5 Nov. 2018 Most offices and such are air-conditioned these days, but getting home after a hot day’s work was no fun. Carl Nolte, SFChronicle.com, "A hot day in San Francisco? That’s earthquake weather," 15 June 2019 Once, that had meant rejecting outright a $4 million record deal because it was conditioned on The Slants hiring a white lead singer. Nathan Rizzo | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive.com, "‘Slanted’ tells the story of Portland Asian American band’s fight to keep its name," 9 June 2019 In school, out in the world and even in our own homes, we've been conditioned to think that the definition of gender is limited to either male or female and that you were born either/or. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "What Does 'Agender' Mean?," 3 May 2019 We’ve been conditioned to think of exercise as a key ingredient — perhaps the most important ingredient — of any weight loss effort. Julia Belluz, Vox, "The science is in: exercise won’t help you lose much weight," 2 Jan. 2019

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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

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 conditioning (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 conditionable (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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