condition: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (kun-dish'un), [key]
— n.
  1. a particular mode of being of a person or thing; existing state; situation with respect to circumstances.
  2. state of health: He was reported to be in critical condition.
  3. fit or requisite state: to be out of condition; to be in no condition to run.
  4. social position: in a lowly condition.
  5. a restricting, limiting, or modifying circumstance: It can happen only under certain conditions.
  6. a circumstance indispensable to some result; prerequisite; that on which something else is contingent: conditions of acceptance.
  7. Usually,existing circumstances: poor living conditions.
  8. something demanded as an essential part of an agreement; provision; stipulation: He accepted on one condition.
    1. a stipulation in an agreement or instrument transferring property that provides for a change consequent on the occurrence or nonoccurrence of a stated event.
    2. the event upon which this stipulation depends.
  9. an abnormal or diseased state of part of the body: heart condition; skin condition.
    1. a requirement imposed on a college student who fails to reach the prescribed standard in a course at the end of the regular period of instruction, permitting credit to be established by later performance.
    2. the course or subject to which the requirement is attached.
  10. protasis.
  11. the antecedent of a conditional proposition.
  12. with the promise or provision that; provided that; if: She accepted the position on condition that there would be opportunity for advancement.
  1. to put in a fit or proper state.
  2. to accustom or inure: to condition oneself to the cold.
  3. to air-condition.
  4. to form or be a condition of; determine, limit, or restrict as a condition.
  5. to subject to particular conditions or circumstances: Her studies conditioned her for her job.
  6. to impose a condition on (a student).
  7. to test (a commodity) to ascertain its condition.
  8. to make (something) a condition; stipulate.
  9. to establish a conditioned response in (a subject).
    1. to test (fibers or fabrics) for the presence of moisture or other foreign matter.
    2. to replace moisture lost from (fibers or fabrics) in manipulation or manufacture.
  1. to make conditions.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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