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

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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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 officials spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations. Washington Post, "Arrest warrant for Lebanese-American who worked for Israel," 18 Sep. 2019 Before the talks broke off, GM offered to build a new all-electric pickup truck at a factory in Detroit that is slated to close next year, according to a person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. chicagotribune.com, "More than 49,000 auto workers go on strike after talks with General Motors break down," 16 Sep. 2019 Before the talks broke off, GM offered to build a new all-electric pickup truck at a factory in Detroit that is slated to close next year, according to a person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. Anchorage Daily News, "Auto workers strike nationwide against GM in contract dispute," 16 Sep. 2019 But a dozen Trump Turnberry staff members, all speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals, said the military stays have been a regular occurrence and, often, encompass surprisingly large groups. David D. Kirkpatrick, New York Times, "Inside the Military’s 5-Star Layovers at a Trump Resort in Scotland," 12 Sep. 2019 But in a conference call with reporters, officials with U.S. Department of Justice who spoke on condition of anonymity said the hearings are not yet being opened to the media. John C Moritz Austin Bureau Usa Today Network, USA TODAY, "Tent courts set up in Texas for immigration hearings closed to media," 11 Sep. 2019 The person, who did not divulge who had given the authorization, was not allowed to discuss the issue by name and spoke only on condition of anonymity. Deb Riechmann, Twin Cities, "Trump ousts hawkish Bolton, dissenter on foreign policy," 10 Sep. 2019 The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal hasn't been announced. Schuyler Dixon, courant.com, "Cowboys, Elliott have deal, ending long holdout," 4 Sep. 2019 The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal hasn't been announced. Schuyler Dixon, Houston Chronicle, "Source: Cowboys, Ezekiel Elliott end holdout, agree on deal," 4 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Cooper was sold to owner-trainer Firman Troyer, who has conditioned the son of Kadabra to his winning streak, all at Northfield. Bob Roberts, cleveland.com, "Cooper wins again at Northfield; 7th straight for horse that pulled Amish buggies," 22 Aug. 2019 What’s more surprising is that consumers, conditioned to skip past commercials on YouTube and install ad blockers on their browsers, are actually listening to them. David Yaffe-bellany, New York Times, "Welcome to McDonald’s. Would You Like a Podcast With Those Fries?," 20 Aug. 2019 Eyeko's fan-favorite mascara delivers on drama, volume and curl while conditioning with keratin and shea butter. Karina Hoshikawa, refinery29.com, "Net-a-Porter Is Having A 24-Hour Beauty Flash Sale — Here's What To Buy," 25 July 2019 Which metrics are chosen to help make predictions — license plate recognition cameras can identify a vehicle’s age, make and condition — and how long to store the images remain key decisions for restaurant chains. Camilla Hodgson, latimes.com, "Fast-food chains consider trying license plate recognition in drive-throughs," 11 July 2019 Watching Shayk is like a master class in learning how to say no—something that women, conditioned people-pleasers, have long struggled with. Olivia Fleming, Harper's BAZAAR, "Will the Real Irina Shayk Please Stand Up," 11 July 2019 Canadian officials have been lobbying the U.S. to end Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs and have suggested that approval by Canada’s Parliament could be conditioned upon them being lifted. Kevin Freking, The Seattle Times, "GOP lawmakers set goal of summer vote for trade deal," 26 Mar. 2019 The new, air-conditioned, Westminster Apartments on Poole Road were renting for $89.50 a month. Kevin Dayhoff, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Dayhoff: Westminster had electricity, and a yellow light, in 1964 but much has changed since," 7 Sep. 2019 The district developed a roadmap for installing window units and split systems in all non-air conditioned schools for a cost of roughly $30 million. Baltimore Sun Staff, baltimoresun.com, "About 50 Baltimore schools without air-conditioning dismiss early due to heat on second day of class," 4 Sep. 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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More Definitions for condition

condition

noun
How to pronounce condition (audio)

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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