Meaning of CONDITION in English


Pronunciation: k ə n- ' di-sh ə n

Function: noun

Etymology: Middle English condicion, from Anglo-French, from Latin condicion-, condicio terms of agreement, condition, from condicere to agree, from com- + dicere to say, determine ― more at DICTION

Date: 14th century

1 a : a premise upon which the fulfillment of an agreement depends : STIPULATION b obsolete : COVENANT c : a provision making the effect of a legal instrument contingent upon an uncertain event also : the event itself

2 : something essential to the appearance or occurrence of something else : PREREQUISITE : as a : an environmental requirement <available oxygen is an essential condition for animal life> b : the subordinate clause of a conditional sentence

3 a : a restricting or modifying factor : QUALIFICATION b : an unsatisfactory academic grade that may be raised by doing additional work

4 a : a state of being <the human condition > b : social status : RANK c : a usually defective state of health <a serious heart condition > d : a state of physical fitness or readiness for use <the car was in good condition > <exercising to get into condition > e plural : attendant circumstances <poor living condition s >

5 a obsolete : temper of mind b obsolete : TRAIT c plural archaic : MANNERS , WAYS

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.