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 Equitable and adequate financing of public school systems is a necessary condition for ensuring children equal opportunity to succeed. Bruce Baker, Quartz, 20 Sep. 2021 The latest and greatest technology is (often but not always) a necessary condition for successfully digitizing your organization. Gil Press, Forbes, 1 Sep. 2021 Fahrenheit – a necessary condition for their emergence – the largely harmless bugs took to city streets, sides of buildings, chainlink fences and parks after 17 years underground. Julia Musto, Fox News, 22 May 2021 Marlinspike defends centralization as a necessary condition for Signal’s widespread adoption, and for its ease of use. Anna Wiener, The New Yorker, 19 Oct. 2020 Acknowledging brokenness is a necessary condition for a genuine fix. Fintan O’toole, The New York Review of Books, 26 Aug. 2020 For them authority is not a necessary condition for civilization but a kind of accidental inheritance, a purely private possession that has fallen into their laps like a sack of bullion tossed by a fleeing bank robber. Matthew Walther, TheWeek, 26 June 2020 The two had planned to create a joint venture by April 24, but the deadline passed without Embraer satisfying the necessary conditions, according to Boeing, which declined to go into details about the specific unmet conditions. Shannon Liao, CNN, 25 Apr. 2020 As such, missions destined for places like Mars are subject to more stringent sterilization processes than missions to the Moon, which has few of the necessary conditions for life and isn’t at risk of contamination. Daniel Oberhaus, WIRED, 5 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of necessary condition

1651, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Necessary condition.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/necessary%20condition. Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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