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[pree-kuh n-dish-uh n] /ˌpri kənˈdɪʃ ən/
something that must come before or is necessary to a subsequent result; condition:
a precondition for a promotion.
verb (used with object)
to subject (a person or thing) to a special treatment in preparation for a subsequent experience, process, test, etc.:
to precondition a surface to receive paint.
Origin of precondition
First recorded in 1910-15; pre- + condition Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Such trust is a precondition to the existence of a thriving, modern economy.

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
  • The value of the money is a precondition of the money-function.

    The Value of Money Benjamin M. Anderson, Jr.
  • The precondition of every true calling must be, not love for art, but love for mankind.

    Romain Rolland Stefan Zweig
  • Even biologically, two individuals of the higher animal species are the precondition to a new individual existence.

  • The precondition of thought as of life is that nature be uniform, or ultimately that the world be rational.

British Dictionary definitions for precondition


a necessary or required condition; prerequisite
(transitive) (psychol) to present successively two stimuli to (an organism) without reinforcement so that they become associated; if a response is then conditioned to the second stimulus on its own, the same response will be evoked by the first stimulus
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Word Origin and History for precondition

1825, from pre- + condition (n.). As a verb from 1841.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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