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conditional

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adjective con·di·tion·al \ kən-ˈdish-nəl , -ˈdi-shə-nᵊl \

Definition of conditional

1 :subject to, implying, or dependent upon a condition
  • a conditional promise
2 :expressing, containing, or implying a supposition
  • the conditional clause if he speaks
3 a :true only for certain values of the variables or symbols involved
  • conditional equations
b :stating the case when one or more random variables are fixed or one or more events are known
  • conditional frequency distribution
4 a :conditioned 2
  • conditional reflex
  • conditional response
b :established by conditioning as the stimulus eliciting a conditional response

conditionality

play \kən-ˌdi-shə-ˈna-lə-tē\ noun

conditionally

play \kən-ˈdish-nə-lē, -ˈdi-shə-nə-lē\ adverb

Examples of conditional in a Sentence

  1. If she speaks, you must listen is a conditional sentence.

  2. The sentence contains the conditional clause if she speaks.

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First Known Use of conditional

14th century


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conditional

noun

Definition of conditional

1 :a conditional word, clause, verb form, or morpheme
2 :implication 2b

Examples of conditional in a Sentence

  1. The clause if she speaks is a conditional.

  2. The conditional is often marked by the word if.

First Known Use of conditional

1828



CONDITIONAL Defined for English Language Learners

conditional

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Definition of conditional for English Language Learners

  • grammar : showing or used to show that something is true or happens only if something else is true or happens


conditional

noun

Definition of conditional for English Language Learners

  • : a word, clause, or sentence that shows that something is true or happens only if something else is true or happens

  • the conditional : the mood or form that is used to say that something is true or happens only if something else is true or happens


CONDITIONAL Defined for Kids

conditional

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adjective con·di·tion·al \ kən-ˈdi-shə-nᵊl \

Definition of conditional for Students

:of or relating to something that will happen only if something else happens
  • a conditional promise

Medical Dictionary

conditional

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adjective con·di·tion·al \ kən-ˈdish-nəl, -ən-ᵊl \

medical Definition of conditional

1 a :conditioned
  • conditional reflex
  • conditional response
b :eliciting a conditional response
  • a conditional stimulus
2 :permitting survival only under special growth or environmental conditions
  • conditional lethal mutations

conditionally

play \-ˈdish-nə-lē, -ən-ᵊl-ē\ adverb


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