Meaning of CONDITION in English

I. kən-ˈdi-shən 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


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


a. : a restricting or modifying factor : qualification

b. : an unsatisfactory academic grade that may be raised by doing additional work


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


a. obsolete : temper of mind

b. obsolete : trait

c. plural , archaic : manners, ways

II. verb

( con·di·tioned ; con·di·tion·ing -ˈdi-sh(ə-)niŋ)

Date: 15th century

intransitive verb

archaic : to make stipulations

transitive verb

1. : to agree by stipulating

2. : to make conditional


a. : to put into a proper state for work or use

b. : air-condition

4. : to give a grade of condition to


a. : to adapt, modify, or mold so as to conform to an environing culture

traditional beliefs condition ing a child's attitude

b. : to modify so that an act or response previously associated with one stimulus becomes associated with another

• con·di·tion·able -sh(ə-)nə-bəl adjective

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