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

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The most important thing is to create the necessary conditions for continuing negotiations. Fortune, "Facing New U.S. Tariffs, China Says it Will Not Retaliate," 29 Aug. 2019 Because the United States is Mexico’s largest trading partner and both countries’ economies are closely intertwined, yielding can seem like less of a moral predicament than a necessary condition. Stephania Taladrid, The New Yorker, "After El Paso, Mexico Takes a New Approach to Trump," 10 Aug. 2019 Hitler’s decision to invade Russia is always cited as a crucial factor in his downfall, but the entry of America into the war was another necessary condition for Allied victory. Jonathan Kirsch, Washington Post, "A Nazi victory seemed inevitable. Then came 1941.," 26 July 2019 Organizers announced the Montreal leg of the tour will not take place this season because necessary conditions were not put in place in a timely manner. Ben Church, CNN, "Homegrown heroes look to shine in Berlin showjumping spectacle," 26 July 2019 Weak gravity might be one such property — a necessary condition for quantum gravity’s consistency that spills out and affects the world beyond black holes. Quanta Magazine, "Where Gravity Is Weak and Naked Singularities Are Verboten," 20 June 2017 In Brussels, European Commission spokeswoman Natasha Bertaud deferred questions about the rescue to Italian authorities, but confirmed the commission’s view that Libya does not meet the necessary conditions to be considered a safe port. Simone Somekh, The Seattle Times, "Aid groups blame Italy after migrants are sent to Libya," 31 July 2018 Or is hope a necessary condition for progress, a way of motivating us to strive for better? Gerard Baker, WSJ, "Resolutions, Predictions and Other Exercises in Futility," 28 Dec. 2018 In their own words, though, their expression represents a sufficient condition but not a necessary condition. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Entanglement allows one party to control measurement results," 16 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of necessary condition

1651, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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