conditional

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adjective

con·​di·​tion·​al kən-ˈdish-nəl How to pronounce conditional (audio)
-ˈdi-shə-nᵊl
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
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a
: conditioned sense 2
conditional reflex
conditional response
b
: established by conditioning as the stimulus eliciting a conditional response
conditionality noun
conditionally
kən-ˈdish-nə-lē How to pronounce conditional (audio)
-ˈdi-shə-nə-lē
adverb

conditional

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noun

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: a conditional word, clause, verb form, or morpheme
2

Examples of conditional in a Sentence

Adjective “If she speaks, you must listen” is a conditional sentence. The sentence contains the conditional clause “if she speaks.” Noun The clause “if she speaks” is a conditional. The conditional is often marked by the word “if.”
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
All other uses require the property owner to obtain a conditional use permit through the countys planning process. Tom Sissom, Arkansas Online, 22 Sep. 2023 But officials at Iran’s mission to the United Nations dismissed the criticism, saying that the timing of the American detainees’ release was conditional on the $6 billion arriving in the Doha bank account and that Iran did not control that process. Farnaz Fassihi, New York Times, 19 Sep. 2023 But Philippe and six other Haitian mothers interviewed by CNN say support has been meager and conditional. David Blood, CNN, 15 Sep. 2023 The group is asking the court to review a conditional use permit for the nearly 10,000-square-foot temple on a 4.69-acre site issued by the city’s planning and zoning board. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 25 Aug. 2023 The law requires employers to wait to ask about a job candidate’s criminal history until a conditional offer has been extended. Emily Opilo, Baltimore Sun, 3 Aug. 2023 His sentencing for violating the conditions of his conditional discharge was deferred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, which had started just five months earlier, according to court filings. Quinlan Bentley, The Courier-Journal, 7 Sep. 2023 Big win for Harvard-Westlake The City Planning Commission voted last week to issue a conditional use permit, allowing Harvard-Westlake to proceed with its River Park athletic complex after the school bought Weddington Golf Course in Studio City in 2017. Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times, 28 Aug. 2023 On June 22, the Erda City Council ultimately voted not to enforce the need for a conditional use permit. Paighten Harkins, The Salt Lake Tribune, 31 July 2023
Noun
The precise nature of the problem as described by NHTSA included numerous conditionals and caveats that indicate the risks are not necessarily grave. Bychristiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 17 Feb. 2023 It’s the conditional of the spatial that is at stake. Erik Morse, Vogue, 31 Jan. 2023 Jamey Dubose said on social media his conditional already was improving. Ben Thomas | Bthomas@al.com, al, 16 Oct. 2020 All this storytelling can give the agitated mind something to churn on, but obsessing over conditionals can also add to the moment-to-moment burden of preventing sickness and death, and tending to the sick and dying. Virginia Heffernan, Wired, 21 Apr. 2020 All of those conditionals, again, stem from the fact that these materials don't yet exist, at least not in quantity, and even 2030 might not be a long enough timeline to find and mass-produce them. Brian Barrett, WIRED, 11 Mar. 2018 Batuman writes; Nina’s reality remains untroubled by conditionals and subjunctives. Katy Waldman, Slate Magazine, 20 Mar. 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1828, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of conditional was in the 14th century

Dictionary Entries Near conditional

Cite this Entry

“Conditional.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conditional. Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition

conditional

adjective
con·​di·​tion·​al
kən-ˈdish-nəl,
-ən-ᵊl
1
: depending on a condition
a conditional sale
2
: expressing, containing, or implying something supposed
"if we go" is a conditional clause
conditionally
-nə-lē
-ən-ᵊl-ē
adverb

Medical Definition

conditional

adjective
con·​di·​tion·​al kən-ˈdish-nəl, -ən-ᵊl How to pronounce conditional (audio)
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 adverb

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