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condition

noun con·di·tion \ kən-ˈdi-shən \

Definition of condition

1 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
  • 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
3 a :a restricting or modifying factor :qualification
b :an unsatisfactory academic grade that may be raised by doing additional work
4 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 conditions plural :attendant circumstances
  • poor living conditions
  • safe working conditions
5 a obsolete :temper of mind
b obsolete :trait
c conditions plural, archaic :manners, ways

Examples of condition in a Sentence

  1. Happiness is the state or condition of being happy.

  2. Their weakened condition makes them more likely to get sick.

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Origin and Etymology of condition

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

condition Synonyms


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condition

verb

Definition of condition

conditioned; conditioning play \kən-ˈdi-sh(ə-)niŋ\
intransitive verb
archaic :to make stipulations
transitive verb
1 :to agree by stipulating
2 :to make conditional
3 a :to put into a proper state for work or use
4 :to give a grade of condition to
5 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

conditionable

play \kən-ˈdi-sh(ə-)nə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of condition in a Sentence

  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

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Origin and Etymology of condition


CONDITION Defined for English Language Learners

condition

noun

Definition of condition for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of condition for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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condition

noun con·di·tion \ kən-ˈdi-shən \

Definition of condition for Students

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

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condition

verb

Definition of condition for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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condition

noun con·di·tion \ kən-ˈdish-ən \

medical Definition of condition

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

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condition

transitive verb

medical Definition of condition

conditioned; conditioning play \-ˈdish-(ə-)niŋ\
:to cause to undergo a change so that an act or response previously associated with one stimulus becomes associated with another

conditionable

play \-(ə-)nə-bəl\ adjective

Law Dictionary

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condition

noun con·di·tion

legal Definition of condition

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

conditional

adjective

conditionally

adverb

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condition

transitive verb

legal Definition of condition

conditioned; conditioning
: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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