something that must come before or is necessary to a subsequent result; condition: a precondition for a promotion.
to subject (a person or thing) to a special treatment in preparation for a subsequent experience, process, test, etc.: to precondition a surface to receive paint.
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How to use precondition in a sentence
The Committee recognized what we at Reporters Without Borders believe, which is that safeguarding of free expression is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace.The Nobel Committee Sent a Message That Freedom of the Press Is Essential for Peace | Eloise Barry | October 8, 2021 | Time
This is a shame, since possessing the right sort of moral character is arguably a precondition for using rationality in beneficial ways.The power of rational thinking in a world that seems unreasonable | Nick Romeo | October 8, 2021 | Washington Post
Good national social contracts are a precondition to good international cooperation, otherwise you cannot sustain political support.The Pandemic Laid Bare the World’s Inequities. A Top Economist on Why We Need a New Social Contract | Dan Stewart | August 12, 2021 | Time
They no longer feel the unfairness, the injustice, firsthand—and that has historically been a precondition to launching a claim.Collective data rights can stop big tech from obliterating privacy | Martin Tisne | May 25, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
Would-be LSA advertisers must submit to background and licensing checks to qualify for the Google Guarantee, a precondition for LSA participation.
Her release was a precondition to signing the EU Association Agreement.
But what I am saying is that for me, at least, feeling loved and wanted by somebody was a precondition to health.
He fell short of making this a precondition for talks, a requirement that had scuttled earlier attempts at negotiation.Iran Asserts Right to Enrichment as Baghdad Six Party Talks End | Michael Adler | May 25, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
This, gal pals across America might note, was a precondition before she agreed to pick up and move to Silicon Valley.
Willingness to refinance should have been a precondition of TARP aid back in 2008 and 2009.
The precondition of thought as of life is that nature be uniform, or ultimately that the world be rational.Studies in Logical Theory | John Dewey
Such trust is a precondition to the existence of a thriving, modern economy.After the Rain | Sam Vaknin
The value of the money is a precondition of the money-function.The Value of Money | Benjamin M. Anderson, Jr.
The precondition of every true calling must be, not love for art, but love for mankind.Romain Rolland | Stefan Zweig
Even biologically, two individuals of the higher animal species are the precondition to a new individual existence.Introduction to the Science of Sociology | Robert E. Park
British Dictionary definitions for precondition
a necessary or required condition; prerequisite
(tr) psychol to present successively two stimuli to (an organism) without reinforcement so that they become associated; if a response is then conditioned to the second stimulus on its own, the same response will be evoked by the first stimulus
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