necessary condition

In mathematics, a condition that must be satisfied for a statement to be true, but that does not in and of itself make it true. For example, a necessary condition to become president of the United States is that a candidate be over thirty-five years of age, but just being over thirty-five does not make one president.

Words Nearby necessary condition

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How to use necessary condition in a sentence

  • I sincerely rejoice in the step you have taken; it is an absolutely necessary condition for any true development of your nature.

  • They actually presuppose its existence in the Church as the necessary condition of their own existence.

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