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pre·​con·​di·​tion ˌprē-kən-ˈdi-shən How to pronounce precondition (audio)


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preconditioned; preconditioning; preconditions

transitive verb

: to put in a proper or desired condition or frame of mind especially in preparation

Examples of precondition in a Sentence

Noun They insist on a guarantee as a precondition of the deal.
Recent Examples on the Web
Hermès has a monopoly on Birkin bags, so the suit alleges, and the Hermès Game amounts to tying, a potentially anticompetitive practice in which buyers are required to purchase additional, unwanted goods as a precondition of receiving a desirable product. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, 2 Apr. 2024 Weeks earlier, German diplomats sought the removal of the head of UNRWA, Philippe Lazzarini, as a precondition to restore funding, according to German and European Union officials familiar with the situation. Erika Solomon, New York Times, 29 Mar. 2024 But this motor system actually made a very accurate prediction, and those are the preconditions that are really similar to a helpless offspring because the young man really couldn’t help himself in that situation and everybody knew it. Quanta Magazine, 15 Feb. 2024 Tackling corruption and repression would also pay economic dividends, as the rule of law is a precondition to broad, stabilizing prosperity. Joseph Sany, Foreign Affairs, 30 Jan. 2024 The precondition for a democracy to exist at all is that the people within the political society see themselves as part of the same political community, notwithstanding their differences. Thalia Beaty, Fortune, 19 Dec. 2023 This missing leg of U.S. strategy—a willingness to devote serious effort, and compromise, to find sustainable bargains on certain key issues—is also an essential precondition for long-term success in the rivalry. Michael J. Mazarr, Foreign Affairs, 9 Feb. 2024 That would be a victory for the ages and the necessary precondition for genuinely moving the country rightward. Henry Olsen, National Review, 1 Feb. 2024 But, inconveniently, the plain wording of the 14th Amendment demands no such precondition, as Maine’s secretary of state points out. Chicago Tribune, Twin Cities, 12 Jan. 2024
The system also preconditions the battery to ensure the quickest, most efficient stops when the Prologue reaches the charger. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 22 Feb. 2024 Here’s more from Ford on preconditioning a Lightning. Rob Verger, Popular Science, 24 Aug. 2023 There are also two battery preconditioning modes to optimize its performance, one for the track and another for drag racing. David Beard, Car and Driver, 13 July 2023 There are also two preconditioning modes, one for the track and another for drag racing. David Beard, Car and Driver, 22 June 2023 Porsche says the Taycan will now precondition its battery to a higher temperature and, as a result, the car will reach its max 270 kWh charge while at a higher state of charge. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, 17 Nov. 2022 Polestar 2 models can now be remotely controlled via devices with Google Assistant, allowing people to precondition the cabin and more. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, 5 Jan. 2023 When the temperature drops, a standard mechanical heat pump will precondition the battery before setting off to help maintain range. Caleb Miller, Car and Driver, 12 Oct. 2022 These updates have increased range efficiency and added an eco mode, the ability to schedule charging, and the ability to precondition a battery for fast charging, among other improvements. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 7 Apr. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use


1825, in the meaning defined above


1904, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of precondition was in 1825

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“Precondition.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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