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

Definition of precondition

 (Entry 1 of 2)


preconditioned; preconditioning; preconditions

Definition of precondition (Entry 2 of 2)

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: Noun Calvinism, in other words, was less capitalism’s cause than its ironic precondition. George Blaustein, The New Republic, "Searching for Consolation in Max Weber’s Work Ethic," 2 July 2020 Governor Abbott in Texas has said the precondition for opening the economy is wearing a mask. CBS News, "Transcript: Vice President Mike Pence on "Face the Nation," June 28, 2020," 28 June 2020 The administration has invited China to the talks in Vienna, though its attendance isn’t a precondition, according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity about diplomatic exchanges. Nick Wadhams,, "U.S. and Russia to Meet June 22 on Curbing Nuclear Stockpiles," 8 June 2020 Indeed, far from being a mere tool of the Republican Party, talk radio is revealed in these new books as the dominant explanation for that party’s continued existence, an essential precondition of the far-right’s cultural dominance today. Jake Bittle, The New Republic, "The Right’s Reign on the Air Waves," 1 June 2020 The senior administration official said Saturday that Trump remains prepared to meet with Iranian officials with no preconditions. Mario Parker,, "Iran Releases U.S. Student Held Since 2016 in Prisoner Swap," 7 Dec. 2019 Warren gave Biden her endorsement without any preconditions. Giovanni Russonello, New York Times, "Our 2020 Election Guide," 13 Apr. 2020 The Russian president suggested signing a peace treaty without any preconditions, but Japanese officials have rejected the idea, saying Russia should hand over control of the islands first. James Marson, WSJ, "Japan Objects to Russian Military Construction on Disputed Islands," 18 Dec. 2018 The patient was young, had no preconditions, and was very fit and very aggressive in their health. Claire Goodman, Houston Chronicle, "‘COVID-19 changed everything overnight’: Katy ER nurse describes frontlines of pandemic," 30 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But the deal fell apart amid a boycott by Palestinian leaders who wanted to precondition the aid on a two-state plan. Katherine Doyle, Washington Examiner, "Kushner pitching aid to Central America to curb border migration," 19 Feb. 2020 An InControl Remote app allowed monitoring and interaction from a smartphone (or smart watch), including remote start/climate preconditioning, lock/unlock, vehicle location on a map or by beep/flash, and journey tracking. Emma Jayne Williams, star-telegram, "Range Rover rolls out new Velar model for 2018 | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 7 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of precondition


1825, in the meaning defined above


1904, in the meaning defined above

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“Precondition.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of precondition

: something that must exist or happen before something else can exist or happen

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