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

  • 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 Exceptions include any person who is unable to safely wear a face covering due to age, or an underlying health condition; persons eating or consuming food and beverages; and persons receiving medical care or treatment. Sarah Brookbank, The Enquirer, "Traveling this summer? Masks are mandatory in Hilton Head Island," 30 June 2020 High-risk groups, such as people who are over 65, have diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure or a pre-existing health condition. Tiana Woodard, The Indianapolis Star, "The CDC added new coronavirus symptoms to its list. Here's what you need to know.," 27 June 2020 However, the notice does state that those with a health condition that prevents them from wearing a mask are exempt. Washington Post, "On Facebook, she denounced a Starbucks worker who asked her to wear a mask. It backfired – he got $26,000 in tips.," 26 June 2020 The woman, who had an underlying health condition, died Wednesday at a McKinney hospital. Aria Jones, Dallas News, "Dallas County records 496 coronavirus cases, a new one-day high, and 10 deaths," 26 June 2020 To this point, no college football player has died or even been hospitalized due to COVID-19, but that might not always be the case, especially if a player has an unknown underlying condition. John Talty | Jtalty@al.com, al, "Fact or Fiction: Do Clemson, LSU have an edge from summer COVID-19 outbreak?," 25 June 2020 As of the second week of June, 460 inmates had tested positive, while one staff member, age 54, and a prisoner with a pre-existing health condition had died. Bruce Selcraig, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio, still at high risk for COVID-19 deaths, has seen a lower rate than many U.S. urban centers," 22 June 2020 People previously diagnosed with a mental health condition are more likely to feel psychological distress. Alia E. Dastagir, USA TODAY, "'A culmination of crises': America is in turmoil, and a mental health crisis looms next," 21 June 2020 This includes persons with a medical condition for whom wearing a face covering could obstruct breathing or who are unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove a face covering without assistance. Los Angeles Times, "Everything you need to know about California’s mandatory mask rules," 19 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Hunting guides will advise hunters to condition themselves for mountain hunting. Anchorage Daily News, "On the Kenai Peninsula, the hills are alive — and a lot farther away than they look," 20 June 2020 There are plenty of prisoners who don’t, or can’t, condition themselves to the environment. Arthur Longworth, The New Republic, "How to Survive Supermax," 18 June 2020 The ban would also apply to federal law enforcement and condition federal law enforcement funding for states on their banning chokeholds. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "Democrats kneel in silence for nearly nine minutes to honor George Floyd," 8 June 2020 In addition to the delays, Rogers-O’Brien says the SAT 9/10 Facility has experienced significant water intrusion related to air handling units, which condition and distribute air within a building. Patrick Danner, ExpressNews.com, "Texas construction company, Microsoft clash over San Antonio data center," 4 June 2020 The National Inventory of Dams lists condition information for nearly 80 percent of high-hazard potential dams, meaning that their failure would result in at least one death. Riley D. Champine, National Geographic, "The problem America has neglected for too long: deteriorating dams," 27 May 2020 Last week, for example, Louisiana and Indiana gave their high school sports teams conditioning dates. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Should the AIA step in to assure even summer playing field for high school sports workouts?," 20 May 2020 Last year, there was a new downforce package from NASCAR and a new way of conditioning the track that Speedway Motorsports came up with. Jason Hoffman, Cincinnati.com, "With NASCAR returning, here's what's going on behind the scenes at Kentucky Speedway," 15 May 2020 The letter said the plan would saddle PG&E with too much debt and urged the commission to condition its approval on the company securing more equity commitments. J.d. Morris, SFChronicle.com, "PG&E bankruptcy judge weighs concerns about fire victims’ lawyer," 12 May 2020

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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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The first known use of condition was in the 14th century

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2 Jul 2020

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“Condition.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/condition. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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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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