precondition

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

Definition of precondition

 (Entry 1 of 2)

precondition

verb
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

This week there were signs that the Trump administration was preparing to make good on its offer to talk directly with Iran, without preconditions, reportedly tapping Senator Rand Paul as the man to make the overtures. Sam Kiley, CNN, "On the ship that downed a military drone, one small mistake could cause a war with Iran," 19 July 2019 Light, which allows us to see and know the world, is the normal precondition for picturing things. Julian Bell, The New York Review of Books, "Julian Bell," 17 Jan. 2019 Is the precondition of this pleasure indifference, which is the habituated response to black pain? Longreads, "A Minor Figure," 20 July 2019 Tehran has also ignored offers of mediation from Oman and Qatar, and has dismissed out of hand statements from Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that the U.S. was open to negotiations, without preconditions. Bobby Ghosh, The Denver Post, "Commentary: Trump’s Iran sanctions are the sane alternative to military action," 28 June 2019 Adami explains that a precondition for information is the existence of an alphabet, a set of pieces that, when assembled in the right order, expresses something meaningful. Quanta Magazine, "The Information Theory of Life," 19 Nov. 2015 This had been set as a precondition by the AU Peace and Security Council for delaying the full suspension of Sudan, which is normally immediate. Adem K Abebe, Quartz Africa, "In Sudan, the African Union reminds us it still has a key role in tackling the continent’s crises," 7 June 2019 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

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

Noun

1825, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1904, in the meaning defined above

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precondition

noun

English Language Learners Definition of precondition

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

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