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 The essential precondition—more important than money, more important than media, more important even than willing liars in high public office—is the existence of a substantial base of supporters primed to embrace a big lie. Katherine Stewart, The New Republic, 10 Jan. 2022 The Slovak government demanded NATO’s help protecting its air space as a precondition for sending the MiGs to Ukraine. David Axe, Forbes, 22 June 2022 But officials have increasingly emphasized that a strong job market with runaway price increases is far from stable, and that getting inflation under control is a precondition for a truly healthy labor market. New York Times, 13 June 2022 While the brothers crusaded against power, convinced that strong checks on authority were a precondition for El Salvador’s fledgling democracy, Bukele was intent on acquiring it. Los Angeles Times, 9 June 2022 Psychological safety is widely recognized as a fundamental precondition for cohesive and high-performing teams. Naz Beheshti, Forbes, 26 May 2022 Teachers’ unions can hold children’s educations hostage and leverage the resulting disorder to lobby for additional resources from taxpayers as a precondition of returning to normalcy. Corey Deangelis, National Review, 8 Sep. 2021 Independent of government action, a number of individual venues, performance groups and entertainment companies have also opted to ask for documentation of vaccination status or a recent negative test as a precondition of attending shows. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, 19 Aug. 2021 Officials say requiring customers to document their inoculation status as a precondition of patronizing select businesses will help reduce the risk of coronavirus spread in higher-risk settings. Justin Ray, Los Angeles Times, 9 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur is offering 65 additional colors, Android Auto capability has been added, a remote-park feature is newly available, and the battery packs can precondition to slightly higher temperatures to help reduce charging times. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, 24 Aug. 2021 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, 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, 7 Dec. 2017 See More

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1825, in the meaning defined above


1904, in the meaning defined above

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“Precondition.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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