necessary condition

noun

Definition of necessary condition 

1 : a state of affairs that must prevail if another is to occur : prerequisite

2 : a proposition whose falsity assures the falsity of another

Examples of necessary condition in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

But economic freedom is a necessary condition for freedom of the press. Kevin Brookes, WSJ, "Freer Markets, Freer Media," 1 May 2018 Financial contributions are a necessary condition for participation in the policymaking process. Jay Willis, GQ, "Trump Officials Are Now Openly Bragging About How Corrupt They Are," 25 Apr. 2018 King’s assassination provided the necessary conditions for hip-hop to spring forth from the blood of generations that had spilled in street after street. Vann R. Newkirk Ii, The Atlantic, "Fear of a Black 'Messiah'," 8 Apr. 2018 The framers became convinced that contractual stability was a necessary condition of prosperity. James W. Ely Jr. And, WSJ, "The Supreme Court’s Chance to Rebuild a ‘Constitutional Bulwark’," 18 Mar. 2018 With reverence for Xi a necessary condition for career advancement, there’s very little incentive to voice differing opinions, with the lack of vigorous policy debate a real worry for continued good governance. Charlie Campbell / Beijing, Time, "'More Opposition in Mao's Time.' Why China's Xi Jinping May Have to Rule for Life," 12 Mar. 2018 Good motility is a necessary condition for fertilizing a female egg. Smithsonian, "Heart-Stopping Arrow Poison Could Be the Key to Male Birth Control," 31 Jan. 2018 But intent wasn’t a necessary condition for a crime. Peter Berkowitz, WSJ, "James Comey and Robert Mueller Imperil the Rule of Law," 23 Oct. 2017 An absolutist might say, for example, that getting a conservative court appointment was a necessary condition to vote for Trump. William Saletan, Slate Magazine, "The Trump Commandments," 19 Oct. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'necessary condition.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of necessary condition

1651, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about necessary condition

Share necessary condition

Statistics for necessary condition

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for necessary condition

The first known use of necessary condition was in 1651

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on necessary condition

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about necessary condition

Comments on necessary condition

What made you want to look up necessary condition? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

lying above or upon

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Roman Mythology Quiz

  • the-triumph-of-venus-by-alessandro-magnasco
  • Boreal comes from the name of the ancient Greek god of which wind?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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