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[uhn-kuh n-dish-uh-nl] /ˌʌn kənˈdɪʃ ə nl/
not limited by conditions; absolute:
an unconditional promise.
Mathematics. absolute (def 12).
Origin of unconditional
First recorded in 1660-70; un-1 + conditional
Related forms
unconditionally, adverb
unconditionalness, unconditionality, noun
1. complete, unqualified, categorical. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for unconditionally
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  • Captain Wilson (an able-bodied prisoner) has since been unconditionally released.

  • The treaty of Utrecht was signed by Philip V., and unconditionally.

    Political Women, Vol. 2 (of 2) Sutherland Menzies
  • Otherwise it is unconditionally at your disposal, and we will have pleasure in honoring your drafts to that extent.

    Lorimer of the Northwest Harold Bindloss
  • She surrendered to him unconditionally, and hoped only for his forgiveness and love.

    Cap'n Warren's Wards Joseph C. Lincoln
  • You know, your leaving me like this—well, it's almost inhuman to be able to do it so kindly and unconditionally.

    Song of the Lark Willa Cather
British Dictionary definitions for unconditionally


without conditions or limitations; total: unconditional surrender
(maths) (of an equality) true for all values of the variable: (x+1)>x is an unconditional equality
Derived Forms
unconditionally, adverb
unconditionalness, unconditionality, noun
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Word Origin and History for unconditionally



1660s, from un- (1) "not" + conditional. Related: Unconditionally. Unconditional surrender in the military sense is attested from 1730; in U.S., often associated with Civil War Gen. Ulysses S. Grant and the taking of Fort Donelson.

The ringing phrase of Grant's latest despatch circulated through the North like some coinage fresh from the mint, and "Unconditional Surrender," which suited the initials of his modest signature, became like a baptismal name. [James Schouler, "History of the United States of America," Dodd, Mead & Co., 1899].

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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