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

Identity categories quickly became not only the precondition of, but also proxies for, merit and ability, proxies that gradually became embedded in legal precedent and national institutions. Sarah Churchwell, The New York Review of Books, "America’s Original Identity Politics," 7 Feb. 2019 Free speech, in other words, is not a precondition of political freedom, but a result. Jacob Bacharach, The New Republic, "Who Gets to Speak Freely?," 21 Aug. 2019 Many of the major treatment modalities for alcoholics start from accepting helplessness over the addiction as the precondition for making changes. Ezra Klein, Vox, "Is Big Tech addictive? A debate with Nir Eyal.," 7 Aug. 2019 The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this week that Beijing viewed a Huawei reprieve as a precondition for reaching a trade deal with Washington. Lingling Wei, WSJ, "Trump Allows U.S. Sales to Huawei as Trade Talks Resume," 29 June 2019 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 Working out relativity's problems was also viewed as a necessary precondition for unifying it with quantum mechanics, a problem people were interested in working on. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Gravitational waves and the slow pace of scientific revolutions," 30 June 2018 Our era has not seen similar skepticism, despite the wealth inequality that serves as the precondition for such massive foundations. Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "Against Big Philanthropy," 27 June 2018 In April, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Kim was willing to give up US troops' removal from South Korea as a precondition for denuclearizing the Korean peninsula. Jamie Tarabay, CNN, "Kim Jong Un arrives in Singapore for historic summit," 10 June 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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