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).
- con·di·tion·al·i·ty, noun
- con·di·tion·al·ly, adverb
- non·con·di·tion·al, adjective
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How to use conditional in a sentence
I received a conditional green card after my wife and I got married in 2019.Dear Sophie: Can I still get a green card through marriage if I’m divorcing? | Annie Siebert | August 25, 2021 | TechCrunch
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The conditional pardon granted by Northam ends his probation early, but does not clear his criminal record.
A year later, Seymore’s attorney notified the San Francisco Superior Court that a conditional settlement had been reached.MTS’s Security Firm of Choice Has a More Complicated Record Than it Claimed | Lisa Halverstadt and Jesse Marx | June 22, 2021 | Voice of San Diego
DHS briefly placed Brighter on a conditional license for working with Garza but has since lifted all sanctions and never assessed any fines.The Baby Brokers: Inside America’s Murky Private-Adoption Industry | Tik Root | June 3, 2021 | Time
One of the Four was released in 2005, and the three others were offered conditional pardons by then-Gov.
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 | Peter Beinart | December 9, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
The government and the court would then convert the pretrial conditions as conditional release.
With permission to be in Singapore conditional upon their employer, workers are discouraged from rocking the boat.
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. | Megan McArdle | May 6, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
A contract of sale may be conditional, for example, that the property shall not be transferred until the price is paid.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman | Albert Sidney Bolles
He had a modus operandi of making the conditional mood mean the imperative.The British Expedition to the Crimea | William Howard Russell
As far as I can make out the original, it is the negative conditional as I have given it in the text.The Myths of the New World | Daniel G. Brinton
Something about the conditional setup seemed to give me an idea.Sense from Thought Divide | Mark Irvin Clifton
"I would ask that question," repeated Tanner, still in the conditional mood, but nodding confidentially all round.
British Dictionary definitions for conditional
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
- conditionality, noun
- conditionally, adverb
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