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 For millions of Americans, German violence in Namibia became a precondition for, and provided a symbol of, romantic love. Steven Press, Time, 10 June 2021 But a precondition for their strategy is the ability to argue that Republicans are the sole roadblock. Siobhan Hughes, WSJ, 28 May 2021 Liberation is a precondition of freedom, but no guarantee of it. William A. Galston, WSJ, 30 Mar. 2021 Congressman Peter Meijer, a Republican from Michigan who recently joined bipartisan legislation to claw back the Congressional role in warmaking, sees it as a precondition for responsible statecraft. Phil Klay, Time, 23 Apr. 2021 The existence of apolitical spaces is a necessary precondition for social solidarity in a divided polity like ours, providing arenas where all Americans can come together irrespective of their politics. Vivek Ramaswamy, National Review, 13 Apr. 2021 At Pacific Colony, sterilization was a precondition for release – another coercive factor, Stern noted. Nada Hassanein, USA TODAY, 16 Mar. 2021 But the spokesman added said the fund has no date yet for a formal mission of senior IMF economists to assess the country’s finances, a move that is a precondition for any such deal. Santiago Pérez, WSJ, 25 Feb. 2021 California regulations do not stipulate vaccines as a precondition for teachers to return to the classroom. Los Angeles Times, 25 Feb. 2021 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, 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

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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 18 Jun. 2021.

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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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