Meaning of conditional
Pronunciation: (kun-dish'u-nl), [key]
- imposing, containing, subject to, or depending on a condition or conditions; not absolute; made or allowed on certain terms: conditional acceptance.
- (of a sentence, clause, mood, or word) involving or expressing a condition, as the first clause in the sentence If it rains, he won't go.
- (of a proposition) asserting that the existence or occurrence of one thing or event depends on the existence or occurrence of another thing or event; hypothetical.
- (of a syllogism) containing at least one conditional proposition as a premise.
- (of an inequality) true for only certain values of the variable, as x + 3 &whence; 0 is only true for real numbers greater than −3. Cf. absolute (def. 12).
- (in some languages) a mood, tense, or other category used in expressing conditions, often corresponding to an English verb phrase beginning with would, as Spanish comería “he would eat.”
- a sentence, clause, or word expressing a condition.
- conditional (Thesaurus)