- (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.
Origin of conditional
Examples from the Web for 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|Peter Beinart|December 9, 2013|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|DAILY BEAST
The task force approved 30 of the 56 Yemeni detainees for “conditional” detention.Obama, Not Congress, Is the Reason Guantánamo Is Still Open|Thomas Joscelyn|May 3, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The sort of laugh which expresses uncertainty of perception and conditional approval went up.The Daughter of the Storage|William Dean Howells
A quibble is intended between as the conditional particle, and ass the beast of burthen.Notes to Shakespeare, Volume III: The Tragedies|Samuel Johnson
He took it all for granted, then—and claimed her conditional promise to the uttermost.Hypatia|Charles Kingsley
I refuse to wait for you; I refuse to accept a conditional engagement.My Lady's Money|Wilkie Collins
Madison replied, that a conditional ratification did not make a State a member of the Union.
British Dictionary definitions for conditional
- (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
- a conditional form of a verb
- a conditional clause or sentence
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.