Meaning of CONDITIONAL in English


/ kənˈdɪʃənl; NAmE / adjective , noun

■ adjective


conditional (on / upon sth) depending on sth :

conditional approval / acceptance

Payment is conditional upon delivery of the goods (= if the goods are not delivered the money will not be paid)

He was found guilty and given a conditional discharge (= allowed to go free on particular conditions) .

a conditional offer (= that depends on particular conditions being met)

OPP unconditional


[ only before noun ] ( grammar ) expressing sth that must happen or be true if another thing is to happen or be true :

a conditional sentence / clause

►  con·di·tion·al·ly / -ʃənəli; NAmE / adverb :

The offer was made conditionally.

■ noun ( grammar )


[ C ] a sentence or clause that begins with if or unless and expresses a condition


the conditional [ sing. ] the form of a verb that expresses a conditional action, for example should in If I should die ... :

the present / past / perfect conditional

the first / second / third conditional



late Middle English : from Old French condicionel or late Latin condicionalis , from condicio(n-) agreement, from condicere agree upon, from con- with + dicere say.

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