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precondition

[pree-kuh n-dish-uh n]
noun
  1. something that must come before or is necessary to a subsequent result; condition: a precondition for a promotion.
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verb (used with object)
  1. 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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Origin of precondition

First recorded in 1910–15; pre- + condition
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British Dictionary definitions for preconditioned

precondition

noun
  1. a necessary or required condition; prerequisite
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verb
  1. (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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Word Origin and History for preconditioned

precondition

n.

1825, from pre- + condition (n.). As a verb from 1841.

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