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.
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How to use necessary condition in a sentence
The Marines were the necessary condition for whatever success occurred in Garmser.What the Frontier of Afghanistan Tells Us About the War | John Kael Weston | May 11, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Wasn't more debt at cheaper rates the necessary condition for the mortgage crisis?If You Do The Same Thing And Expect Different Results... | David Frum | April 25, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
For these races the first and really the only necessary condition is a large and level piece of ground.The Private Life of the Romans | Harold Whetstone Johnston
First of all it must secure liberty; not that liberty is an end in itself, but because it is the necessary condition of morality.The Life of Mazzini | Bolton King
It distinguishes for me the necessary condition with a sufficient condition, the union is necessary, but not sufficient.The Thoughts of Blaise Pascal | Blaise Pascal
I sincerely rejoice in the step you have taken; it is an absolutely necessary condition for any true development of your nature.George Eliot's Life, Vol. I (of 3) | George Eliot
They actually presuppose its existence in the Church as the necessary condition of their own existence.Our Lady Saint Mary | J. G. H. Barry