necessary condition


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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Recent Examples on the Web Marlinspike defends centralization as a necessary condition for Signal’s widespread adoption, and for its ease of use. Anna Wiener, The New Yorker, "Taking Back Our Privacy," 19 Oct. 2020 Acknowledging brokenness is a necessary condition for a genuine fix. Fintan O’toole, The New York Review of Books, "Night and Day," 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, "Falling statues and the collapse of moral authority," 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, "Boeing terminates $4.2 billion deal with Embraer," 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, "A Crashed Israeli Lunar Lander Spilled Tardigrades on the Moon," 5 Aug. 2019 Moving to a city can be the first step towards the realization of one’s full potential, and a necessary condition to gain access to communities with similar interests and values. Andrea Mechelli, Quartz, "City living might be making you anxious—but it doesn’t have to," 26 Dec. 2019 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

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First Known Use of necessary condition

1651, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Necessary condition.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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