un·​con·​di·​tion·​al ˌən-kən-ˈdi-sh(ə-)nəl How to pronounce unconditional (audio)
: not conditional or limited : absolute, unqualified
unconditional surrender
unconditional love

Examples of unconditional in a Sentence

They demanded an unconditional surrender. He had an unconditional loyalty to his family. their unconditional love of their children
Recent Examples on the Web Graham’s ‘unconditional love’ Shorstein said that watching Graham’s deterioration for the last three-and-a-half years was painful, but seeing his family’s unconditional love for him was encouraging. Omar Rodríguez Ortiz, Miami Herald, 11 May 2024 Of course, this is all thanks to Noah Calhoun and his unconditional love for Allie, which is more than enough to make a Cancer swoon. Valerie Mesa, Peoplemag, 3 May 2024 Proponents say the unconditional payments help cover gaps in a social safety net that lags behind millions of households’ financial realities. J.j. McCorvey, NBC News, 13 Apr. 2024 To be sure, vassalage to China will not necessarily constitute full and unconditional subordination. Alexander Gabuev, Foreign Affairs, 9 Apr. 2024 One hundred expectant mothers in Milwaukee's most impoverished neighborhoods may be eligible for roughly $16,000 during the first two years of their child's life in a first-of-its-kind, unconditional cash program to address childhood poverty in Wisconsin. Jessica Van Egeren, Journal Sentinel, 4 Apr. 2024 An unconditional apology is a lifeline to one’s own humanity — in the worst of circumstances and in the most difficult times. Robin Givhan, Washington Post, 2 Apr. 2024 The United Nations Security Council approved a resolution Monday demanding an immediate cease-fire in Israel's war in Gaza during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan and the unconditional release of all hostages from Gaza after the U.S. abstained from voting. Joey Garrison, USA TODAY, 25 Mar. 2024 The dogs were the only ones who showed Douglas unconditional love and also protected him. Randy Myers, The Mercury News, 27 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1666, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of unconditional was in 1666

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Cite this Entry

“Unconditional.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unconditional. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


un·​con·​di·​tion·​al ˌən-kən-ˈdish-nəl How to pronounce unconditional (audio)
: not limited : absolute, unqualified
unconditional surrender

Medical Definition


un·​con·​di·​tion·​al ˌən-kən-ˈdish-nəl, -ˈdish-ən-ᵊl How to pronounce unconditional (audio)

Legal Definition


un·​con·​di·​tion·​al ˌən-kən-ˈdi-shə-nəl How to pronounce unconditional (audio)
: not conditional or limited : absolute, unqualified
unconditionally adverb

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