- imposing, containing, subject to, or depending on a condition or conditions; not absolute; made or allowed on certain terms: conditional acceptance.
- Grammar. (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.
- Mathematics. (of an inequality) true for only certain values of the variable, as x + 3 > 0 is only true for real numbers greater than −3.Compare absolute(def 12).
Origin of conditional
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Related Words for conditionallimited, restrictive, provisional, tentative, contingent, fortuitous, guarded, iffy, incidental, inconclusive, modified, obscure, qualified, relative, restricted, uncertain, provisory, reliant, codicillary
Examples from the Web for conditional
Contemporary Examples of conditional
It was the sixth time an apartheid leader had offered Mandela a conditional release from jail.Nelson Mandela Demanded Justice Before Forgiving White South Africans
December 9, 2013
The government and the court would then convert the pretrial conditions as conditional release.Inside the ‘PayPal 14’ Trial
December 6, 2013
With permission to be in Singapore conditional upon their employer, workers are discouraged from rocking the boat.Singapore’s Exploited Immigrant Workers
November 8, 2013
His committment to "counting all the votes" was conditional on Bush withdrawing all of his lawsuits.No, Democrats Did Not Just Want to "Count All the Votes" in the 2000 Election.
May 6, 2013
The task force approved 30 of the 56 Yemeni detainees for “conditional” detention.Obama, Not Congress, Is the Reason Guantánamo Is Still Open
May 3, 2013
Historical Examples of conditional
You might have helped me to a phrase—A conditional kind of liking!
So that this is but conditional liking still, you'll say: nor, I hope, is it more.
Makes a conditional appointment with him for the next night, in the garden.Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
Conditional immorality they're calling it—the singlerest thing I know.The Manxman
I should give a conditional acceptance, and treat for a reduction of the amount.'Lord Kilgobbin
- depending on other factors; not certain
- grammar (of a clause, conjunction, form of a verb, or whole sentence) expressing a condition on which something else is contingent: " If he comes " is a conditional clause in the sentence " If he comes I shall go "
- (of an equation or inequality) true for only certain values of the variable: x ² –1 = x + 1 is a conditional equation, only true for x = 2 or –1
- (of an infinite series) divergent when the absolute values of the terms are considered
- Also: hypothetical logic (of a proposition) consisting of two component propositions associated by the words if…then so that the proposition is false only when the antecedent is true and the consequent false. Usually written: p → q or p ⊃ q, where p is the antecedent, q the consequent, and → or ⊃ symbolizes implies
- a conditional form of a verb
- a conditional clause or sentence
- logic a conditional proposition
Word Origin and History for conditional
late 14c., condicionel, from Old French condicionel (Modern French conditionnel), from Latin conditionalis, from condicionem (see condition (n.)). Related: Conditionally.