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
Such incentives, however, come with political preconditions related to freedom of speech, human rights and standards of living.
He called on Abbas, as is his wont, to drop preconditions and to sit down to negotiations, which, he said, should last many hours.
He recently reiterated his willingness to negotiate with the Palestinians—without preconditions—and identified the core problem.Bibi's Right: Palestinian Rejectionism Threatens Peace | Gil Troy | May 3, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
We need to support the idea that talks should be without preconditions.Obama Meets Palestine’s Abbas in the Wild Wild West Bank | Eli Lake | March 21, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Abbas has said that after the U.N. resolution, he is prepared to return to negotiations with Israel without preconditions.
Recognition preconditions consciousness, and therefore cannot be subsequent upon it.A Commentary to Kant's 'Critique of Pure Reason' | Norman Kemp Smith
There is the view that consciousness of time as a whole preconditions consciousness of any part of it.A Commentary to Kant's 'Critique of Pure Reason' | Norman Kemp Smith
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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