- 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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1. dependent, contingent, relative.
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Examples from the Web for conditionally
I understood Mahomed grudgingly granted them a half-soul, and that only conditionally.The Prodigal Returns
Besides the promise was made only conditionally, as was that made to Eli.A History of Mediaeval Jewish Philosophy
He flung back sombrely, "You don't even put it conditionally then?"The Touchstone
Mrs. Dudley, Im willing to be as generous as you can expect, conditionally.Justin Wingate, Ranchman
John H. Whitson
Give me absolution, he said: at least conditionally, in case what I say should be true.Old and New Paris, v. 1
Henry Sutherland Edwards
- 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
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Word Origin and History for conditionally
late 14c., condicionel, from Old French condicionel (Modern French conditionnel), from Latin conditionalis, from condicionem (see condition (n.)). Related: Conditionally.
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