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

estate, fettle, form, health, keeping, kilter, nick [British], order, repair, shape, trim

Synonyms: Verb

season, train

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

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss an ongoing investigation. Washington Post, "Platini arrested as part of 2022 World Cup investigation," 19 June 2019 Read full terms and conditions Please access our Privacy Policy to learn what personal data Disqus collects and your choices about how it is used. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Neighbors’ feud erupts: Arson suspect tripped up by her own video," 18 June 2019 The official spoke on condition of anonymity to explain the president’s tweets. Jill Colvin, chicagotribune.com, "Trump threatens to deport millions beginning next week," 18 June 2019 The official spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss an ongoing investigation. Fox News, "The Latest: FIFA says arrest of Platini is 'concerning'," 18 June 2019 The official spoke on condition of anonymity to explain the president’s tweets. Jill Colvin, BostonGlobe.com, "President Trump threatens to deport millions beginning next week," 18 June 2019 The official spoke on condition of anonymity to explain the president's tweets. CBS News, "Trump says millions in U.S. illegally to be removed starting next week," 18 June 2019 See the terms and conditions for this trip for more information. National Geographic, "Tour du Mont Blanc," 17 June 2019 The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team did not announce terms of the contract. Josh Dubow, SFChronicle.com, "Sharks sign Erik Karlsson to eight-year, $92 million contract," 17 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Most offices and such are air-conditioned these days, but getting home after a hot day’s work was no fun. Carl Nolte, SFChronicle.com, "A hot day in San Francisco? That’s earthquake weather," 15 June 2019 Once, that had meant rejecting outright a $4 million record deal because it was conditioned on The Slants hiring a white lead singer. Nathan Rizzo | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive.com, "‘Slanted’ tells the story of Portland Asian American band’s fight to keep its name," 9 June 2019 In school, out in the world and even in our own homes, we've been conditioned to think that the definition of gender is limited to either male or female and that you were born either/or. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "What Does 'Agender' Mean?," 3 May 2019 We’ve been conditioned to think of exercise as a key ingredient — perhaps the most important ingredient — of any weight loss effort. Julia Belluz, Vox, "The science is in: exercise won’t help you lose much weight," 2 Jan. 2019 She’s been conditioned to believe she’s overreacting. Sophia Benoit, GQ, "Why Women Say Nothing Is Wrong When Something Is Clearly Wrong," 20 June 2018 Venezuela’s opposition has said that any negotiations must be conditioned on Mr. Maduro agreeing to leave power and hold new elections. Farnaz Fassihi, WSJ, "Maduro’s Foreign Minister Courts Support, Mediation From U.N.," 12 Feb. 2019 Over two harrowing years of incarceration, their trial dates were regularly postponed for inexplicable reasons while Josh’s medical conditioned worsened. Orrin G. Hatch, Time, "How We Got Venezuela to Release an American Political Prisoner," 30 May 2018 Doctors advise keeping up with this regimen during pregnancy, as well, to condition the pelvic floor muscles ahead of the birth. Kristi Kellogg, Glamour, "Your Vagina After Birth: 10 Things to Expect," 29 Apr. 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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condition

noun

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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