- (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
Tiles in some of the packs also introduce conditional coding concepts.Gift Guide: 22 STEM toy gift ideas for every little builder|Natasha Lomas|November 23, 2020|TechCrunch
There are also more visualization features like conditional formatting as well as the ability to filter and sort data with dropdowns next to each field.
On Tuesday, the Dallas Cowboys dealt defensive end Everson Griffen to the Detroit Lions for a conditional sixth-round pick.Coronavirus protocols are impacting the NFL trade deadline — and making for earlier deals|Mark Maske|October 28, 2020|Washington Post
State officials approved the company’s acquisitions on a conditional basis in 2016, while imposing a three-year monitoring regime that health department officials describe as unprecedented.Investors Extracted $400 Million From a Hospital Chain That Sometimes Couldn’t Pay for Medical Supplies or Gas for Ambulances|by Peter Elkind with Doris Burke|September 30, 2020|ProPublica
In other words, unemployment payments may be exacerbating unemployment because they are conditional on not being employed.
But the land could be sold conditionally, and once more Miss Montgomery suggested building.Ancestors|Gertrude Atherton
The club consented conditionally on the "new fellows" being peaceable.The Leaven in a Great City|Lillian William Betts
This sentence is sometimes translated conditionally: "provided we look," etc.
"I thought so," I said, with the relief that one feels in not having put a fellow-creature out of life, even conditionally.Questionable Shapes|William Dean Howells
But there is no statement anywhere that the Law is given to Israel conditionally and that it will ever be taken away from them.A History of Mediaeval Jewish Philosophy|Isaac Husik
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