sufficient condition


: a proposition whose truth assures the truth of another proposition
: a state of affairs whose existence assures the existence of another state of affairs

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web As seems evident, again and again, a certain ineptitude or simple lack of conviction is almost a sufficient condition for powerful New York Democrats. Prem Thakker, The New Republic, 13 Jan. 2023 That's not a sufficient condition for commercial fusion energy. David Blackmon, Forbes, 19 Dec. 2022 Fluency in math is not a necessary or sufficient condition for being a great evolutionary scientist. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 8 Apr. 2013 Yippy Ki Nays will have to argue that setting alone is not a sufficient condition for genre classification. Josh St. Clair, Men's Health, 28 Nov. 2022 Probable success in America is a necessary and sufficient condition for the development of new drugs. Charles L. Hooper And David R. Henderson, WSJ, 13 Sep. 2022 High home prices and a lack of supply seem to be a necessary but not sufficient condition for growing the ADU market. Next Avenue, Forbes, 13 May 2022 Yet recent events show there's no reason to treat Trump as a necessary and sufficient condition of political mayhem. Damon Linker, The Week, 6 Apr. 2022 The myths about artistic genius that spring up around figures like Rimbaud and van Gogh suggest that uncompromising perversity is a necessary and sufficient condition for greatness. Deborah Treisman, The New Yorker, 22 Nov. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1885, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of sufficient condition was in 1885

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“Sufficient condition.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Mar. 2023.

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