- (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
OTHER WORDS FROM conditionalcon·di·tion·al·i·ty, nouncon·di·tion·al·ly, adverbnon·con·di·tion·al, adjective
How to use conditional in a sentence
The Eagles will receive a third-round choice in this year’s NFL draft and a conditional second-round pick in next year’s draft.Eagles agree to trade quarterback Carson Wentz to the Colts for a pair of draft picks|Mark Maske|February 18, 2021|Washington Post
Orlando retained conditional rights to recall him this spring, and Barnsley holds an option for a permanent transfer this summer.
At present, Sinopharm China Biotech Beijing has formally submitted a conditional listing application to the State Food and Drug Administration.In just 150 words, China’s Sinopharm claims its vaccine is safe and effective|Katherine Ellen Foley|December 30, 2020|Quartz
While dispensing with the conjunction, it does not cause ambiguity; nevertheless, conditionality is well marked.The Verbalist|Thomas Embly Osmun, (AKA Alfred Ayres)
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