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

Simply put, courteousness and respect in words and deeds are basic preconditions to any meaningful exchange of ideas. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Justice Gorsuch calls for ‘civility,’ always a code for shutting down free speech," 13 Sep. 2019 America’s goal, Kissinger said in a 1970 interview, shouldn’t be to partner with Russia for the sake of peace but to expel Russia from the Middle East as the precondition for it. Vance Serchuk, National Review, "Russia’s Middle East Power Play," 12 Sep. 2019 This attitude was an essential intellectual and emotional precondition for the American dormitory. Carla Yanni, Smithsonian, "How College Dorms Evolved to Fit America’s Gender and Racial Politics," 6 Sep. 2019 Don Quixote says of Sancho Panza, a fine precondition for reading fantasy. Parul Sehgal, New York Times, "‘Quichotte’ Is Salman Rushdie’s Latest. But the Act Is Getting Old.," 27 Aug. 2019 Warren on Monday rolled out a trade policy that would propose nine preconditions for U.S. trading partners to meet to participate in agreements, including an end to fossil-fuel subsidies. Sara Burnett, The Denver Post, "Debate gives some Democrats like Hickenlooper a last chance to shine," 30 July 2019 Warren on Monday rolled out a trade policy that would propose nine preconditions for U.S. trading partners to meet to participate in agreements, including an end to fossil-fuel subsidies. Sara Burnett, BostonGlobe.com, "Second Democratic debate has high stakes for 2020 candidates," 30 July 2019 Warren on Monday rolled out a trade policy that would propose nine preconditions for U.S. trading partners to meet to participate in agreements, including an end to fossil-fuel subsidies. Sara Burnett, Anchorage Daily News, "Stakes rising for 2020 Dems ahead of 2nd presidential debate," 29 July 2019 One of the preconditions for the program is these localities would also have to eliminate mandatory minimums for non-violent crimes. Bo Erickson, CBS News, "Biden's new criminal justice plan counteracts old anti-crime efforts he boosted," 23 July 2019

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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