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


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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Irish border question is urgent because Brussels has made solving it a precondition of discussing a deal on future trade, and an accord on Ireland will require great political agility. Stephen Castle, New York Times, "An Endgame, of Sorts, Is Looming for the U.K. in the Brexit Debate," 11 June 2018 That phrase, which may strike some young American ears as an archaism if not an oxymoron, is worth unpacking, and Amis provides readers with a pocket account of the historical preconditions of his extravagant fame. A.o. Scott, New York Times, "In His New Collection, ‘The Rub of Time,’ Martin Amis Takes On Everyone From Travolta to Trump," 28 Feb. 2018 Then, walking those preconditions right back.They're not sending missiles up. NBC News, "Meet the Press - March 11, 2018," 11 Mar. 2018 Trump had agreed to meet Kim without any preconditions, another South Korean official said. Christine Kim And Steve Holland, The Christian Science Monitor, "Trump agrees to meet North Korea's Kim Jong-un," 9 Mar. 2018 Washington’s agreement to cease diplomatic recognition of the government in Taiwan, which Beijing views as a breakaway province, was a precondition for the re-establishment of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and China in 1979. Nancy A. Youssef, WSJ, "U.S. Warships Transit Taiwan Strait in Defiance of China," 22 Oct. 2018 But a necessary precondition for Fujimori’s actions was a sense that the public would back him up. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "Trump has eroded important democratic institutions. Will Democratic wins change that?," 8 Nov. 2018 The newspaper faced criticism for its role but later said the interview was done without preconditions, though with the cooperation of the authorities. Steven Lee Myers, New York Times, "How China Uses Forced Confessions as Propaganda Tool," 11 Apr. 2018 Trump had agreed to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un based on South Korea's representations that North Korea would agree to the talks without preconditions. Gregory Korte, USA TODAY, "Trump suggests North Korea summit could be delayed while he huddles with South Korea," 22 May 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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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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a sum of money that is sent as a payment

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