pre·con·di·tion | \ ˌprē-kən-ˈdi-shən \

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


They insist on a guarantee as a precondition of the deal.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Reporters allowed to visit the Casa Padre shelter had to agree to preconditions, including that no cameras, phones or recording devices were allowed. Bob Ortega, CNN, "What it's like inside the former superstore in Texas where the US is holding 1,400 immigrant children," 14 June 2018 Well, Obama took a lot of heat, remember, for meeting people without preconditions and all that. Fox News, "Samantha Bee goes after Ivanka Trump with vulgar slur," 1 June 2018 The release of the prisoners, all of whom were taken captive within the past three years, was reportedly a precondition to the meeting. Adam K. Raymond, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump’s Meeting With Kim Jong-un Set for June 12 in Singapore," 10 May 2018 In April, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Kim was willing to give up US troops' removal from South Korea as a precondition for denuclearizing the Korean peninsula. Jamie Tarabay, CNN, "Kim Jong Un arrives in Singapore for historic summit," 10 June 2018 Our era has not seen similar skepticism, despite the wealth inequality that serves as the precondition for such massive foundations. Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "Against Big Philanthropy," 27 June 2018 The leading theory is that allowing the company to continue operating was a precondition for China’s participation is discussions for a larger trade deal. Adam K. Raymond, Daily Intelligencer, "U.S. Cuts Deal With Sanctioned Chinese Tech Company ZTE," 7 June 2018 On Wednesday, Senior North Korean official Kim Yong Chol met with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in New York, their third meeting this year, as the two sides attempt to finalize their summit preconditions. Steve George, CNN, "Russian foreign minister meets Kim Jong Un, calls for lifting of sanctions," 31 May 2018 That March, more than four months into his detention, Lam met with his interrogator to sign a guilty plea as a precondition for a possible bail arrangement. Alex W. Palmer, New York Times, "The Case of Hong Kong’s Missing Booksellers," 3 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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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English Language Learners Definition of precondition

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

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