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Meaning of condition by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Latin conditiō, noun of action from perfect passive participle conditus, + noun of action suffix -io .


    • enPR: kəndĭ'shən, kŭndĭ'shən, IPA: /kənˈdɪʃən/, /kʌnˈdɪʃən/, X-SAMPA: /k@n"dIS@n/, /kVn"dIS@n/
    • Rhymes: -ɪʃən


    condition ( plural: conditions )

    1. A logical clause or phrase that a conditional statement uses. The phrase can either be true or false .
    2. A requirement, term, or requisite .
      Environmental protection is a condition for sustainability‎ .
      What other planets might have the right conditions for life?
      The union had a dispute over sick time and other conditions of employment .
    3. The health status of a medical patient .
      My aunt couldn't walk up the stairs in her condition .
    4. The state or quality .
      National reports on the condition of public education are dismal .
      The condition of man can be classified as civilized or uncivilized .
    5. A particular state of being .
      Hypnosis is a peculiar condition of the nervous system .
      Steps were taken to ameliorate the condition of slavery .
      Security is defined as the condition of not being threatened .
      Aging is a condition over which we are powerless .
    6. ( obsolete ) The situation of a person or persons, particularly their social and/or economic class, rank .
      A man of his condition has no place to make request .




    condition ( third-person singular simple present conditions present participle conditioning, simple past and past participle conditioned )

    1. To subject to the process of acclimation .
      I became conditioned to the absence of seasons in San Diego .
    2. To subject to different conditions, especially as an exercise .
      They were conditioning their shins in their karate class .
    3. To shape the behaviour of someone to do something .
    4. ( transitive ) To treat ( the hair ) with hair conditioner .

    Derived terms


    • frequency based on Project Gutenberg corpus">Most common English words before 1923: generally · ago · easily · #685: condition · sleep · ex · mere

Explanation of condition by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. apply conditioner to in order to make smooth and shiny

    2. I condition my hair after washing it
    3. put into a better state

    4. he conditions old cars
    5. specify as a condition or requirement in a contract or agreement

    6. develop ( children's ) behavior by instruction and practice

    7. establish a conditioned response

    1. the procedure that is varied in order to estimate a variable's effect by comparison with a control condition

    2. information that should be kept in mind when making a decision

    3. an assumption on which rests the validity or effect of something else

    4. a statement of what is required as part of an agreement

    5. the contract set out the conditions of the lease
    6. a mode of being or form of existence of a person or thing

    7. the human condition
    8. a state at a particular time

    9. a condition ( or state ) of disrepair
    10. an illness, disease, or other medical problem

    11. a heart condition
      a skin condition
    12. the state of ( good ) health ( especially in the phrases `in condition' or `in shape' or `out of condition' or `out of shape' )

    Definition of condition by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Condition n. [F., fr. L. conditio ( better condicio ) agreement, compact, condition; con- + a root signifying to show, point out, akin to dicere to say, dicare to proclaim, dedicate. See Teach, Token.]
      1. Mode or state of being; state or situation with regard to external circumstances or influences, or to physical or mental integrity, health, strength, etc.; predicament; rank; position, estate.

      I am in my condition

      A prince, Miranda; I do think, a king. Shak.

      And O, what man's condition can be worse

      Than his whom plenty starves and blessings curse? Cowley.

      The new conditions of life. Darwin.

      2. Essential quality; property; attribute.

      It seemed to us a condition and property of divine powers and beings to be hidden and unseen to others. Bacon.

      3. Temperament; disposition; character. [Obs.]

      The condition of a saint and the complexion of a devil. Shak.

      4. That which must exist as the occasion or concomitant of something else; that which is requisite in order that something else should take effect; an essential qualification; stipulation; terms specified.

      I had as lief take her dowry with this condition, to be whipped at the high cross every morning. Shak.

      Many are apt to believe remission of sins, but they believe it without the condition of repentance. Jer. Taylor.

      5. ( Law ) A clause in a contract, or agreement, which has for its object to suspend, to defeat, or in some way to modify, the principal obligation; or, in case of a will, to suspend, revoke, or modify a devise or bequest. It is also the case of a future uncertain event, which may or may not happen, and on the occurrence or non-occurrence of which, the accomplishment, recission, or modification of an obligation or testamentary disposition is made to depend. Blount. Tomlins. Bouvier. Wharton.

      Equation of condition. ( Math. ) See under Equation. -- On condition or Upon condition ( that ), used for if in introducing conditional sentences. “Upon condition thou wilt swear to pay him tribute . . . thou shalt be placed as viceroy under him.” Shak. -- Conditions of sale, the terms on which it is proposed to sell property by auction; also, the instrument containing or expressing these terms.

      Syn. -- State; situation; circumstances; station; case; mode; plight; predicament; stipulation; qualification; requisite; article; provision; arrangement. See State.

    2. Condition v. i. [imp. & p. p. Conditioned ; p. pr. & vb. n. Conditioning.]
      1. To make terms; to stipulate.

      Pay me back my credit,

      And I'll condition with ye. Beau. & Fl.

      2. ( Metaph. ) To impose upon an object those relations or conditions without which knowledge and thought are alleged to be impossible.

      To think of a thing is to condition. Sir W. Hamilton.

    3. Condition, v. t. [Cf. LL. conditionare. See Condition, n.]
      1. To invest with, or limit by, conditions; to burden or qualify by a condition; to impose or be imposed as the condition of.

      Seas, that daily gain upon the shore,

      Have ebb and flow conditioning their march. Tennyson.

      2. To contract; to stipulate; to agree.

      It was conditioned between Saturn and Titan, that Saturn should put to death all his male children. Sir W. Raleigh.

      3. ( U. S. Colleges ) To put under conditions; to require to pass a new examination or to make up a specified study, as a condition of remaining in one's class or in college; as, “to condition a student who has failed in some branch of study”.

      4. To test or assay, as silk ( to ascertain the proportion of moisture it contains ). McElrath.