Definition of if
- asked if the mail had come
- I doubt if I'll pass the course
- if it would only rain
- an interesting if untenable argument
- few if any changes are expected
- difficult if not impossible
- if anything, you ought to apologize
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
There are too many ifs in this proposal.
your conclusion may turn out to be accurate, but you're postulating a lot of ifs
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—used to talk about the result or effect of something that may happen or be true
—used to discuss the imaginary result or effect of something that did not happen or that is or was not true
—used to say that something must happen before another thing can happen
: something that is not certain : something that could either happen or not happen
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