necessary condition


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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 The time for student loan reform is now Honest accounting is a necessary condition for the competent operation of any government program, let alone a $1.6 trillion student loan portfolio. Preston Cooper, Forbes, 1 Aug. 2022 In this sense, colonial logic about Ukraine was a necessary condition for the Holocaust. Timothy Snyder, The New Yorker, 28 Apr. 2022 Its light is to the visible world what goodness is to the world of pure knowledge: an illuminating presence, a necessary condition for truth. Suzannah Showler, Harper’s Magazine , 27 Apr. 2022 In a March 14 Facebook comment, Diia's page responded to a user clarifying that proof of COVID-19 vaccination is not a necessary condition for collecting the payment. Mckenzie Sadeghi, USA TODAY, 5 Apr. 2022 More important, Mill maintains that the prevention of harm is a necessary condition of restraint, but not a sufficient one. Samuel Goldman, The Week, 21 Mar. 2022 Othering the colonizers is not sufficient to solve the political problems of today, let alone make up for past atrocities, but undermining false distinctions between insiders and outsiders is a necessary condition for substantive reconciliation. Jonathon Keats, Forbes, 22 Jan. 2022 See More

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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

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“Necessary condition.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

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