necessary condition


: a state of affairs that must prevail if another is to occur : prerequisite
: a proposition whose falsity assures the falsity of another

Examples of necessary condition in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web My view is that sentience, or the ability to suffer, would be a sufficient condition, but not a necessary condition, for an AI system to have moral status. Will Knight, WIRED, 2 May 2024 In fact, a growing body of data shows that criminal accountability and reparations are integral to preventing conflict and atrocity, and Ethiopians are unequivocal in their belief that justice is a necessary condition for peace. Patrick Vinck, Foreign Affairs, 15 Nov. 2023 Stocks surged Friday on news of a cooling labor market, a necessary condition for the Federal Reserve to stand down from its most aggressive monetary policy in decades which has sent stocks spiraling, even though a prominent Fed official said the latest jobs report did little to change his mindset. Derek Saul, Forbes, 6 Jan. 2023 Well, John, the shift to electric cars is a necessary condition for having a fighting chance of coping with climate change, and ubiquitous charging stations are a necessary condition for the cars to get bought in significant numbers. IEEE Spectrum, 26 Oct. 2021 Layoffs seem a necessary condition for a downturn. Bywill Daniel, Fortune, 9 Jan. 2023 Boomsma believes that social animals cooperate to raise their relatives' offspring as a roundabout way to pass on the family genes, but argues that monogomy is a necessary condition for this to work. Joseph Calamia, Discover Magazine, 20 Aug. 2010 Eye contact between musicians isn’t a necessary condition for great music. Krista Stevens, Longreads, 7 June 2022 Obviously the main necessary condition is actually to keep plugging away. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 19 Jan. 2011

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'necessary condition.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

1651, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of necessary condition was in 1651

Dictionary Entries Near necessary condition

Cite this Entry

“Necessary condition.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

More from Merriam-Webster on necessary condition

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!