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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
con•di•tion•al /kənˈdɪʃənəl/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. depending on a condition;
    not absolute:They agreed to a conditional and temporary truce.[be + ~ + on + object]His acceptance was conditional on a number of factors.
  2. Grammar(of a sentence, clause, mood, or word) involving or expressing a condition, as the first clause in the sentence If you provide me with a lawyer, I'll sign the contract.
con•di•tion•al•ly, adv. 

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
con•di•tion•al  (kən dishə nl),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. imposing, containing, subject to, or depending on a condition or conditions;
    not absolute;
    made or allowed on certain terms:conditional acceptance.
  2. Grammar(of a sentence, clause, mood, or word) involving or expressing a condition, as the first clause in the sentence If it rains, he won't go.
  3. Philosophy[Logic.]
    • (of a proposition) asserting that the existence or occurrence of one thing or event depends on the existence or occurrence of another thing or event;
    • (of a syllogism) containing at least one conditional proposition as a premise.
  4. Mathematics(of an inequality) true for only certain values of the variable, as x + 3 0 is only true for real numbers greater than -3. Cf. absolute (def. 12).

  1. Grammar
    • (in some languages) a mood, tense, or other category used in expressing conditions, often corresponding to an English verb phrase beginning with would, as Spanish comería "he would eat.''
    • a sentence, clause, or word expressing a condition.
con•di′tion•ali•ty, n. 
con•dition•al•ly, adv. 
  • Late Latin condiciōnālis, equivalent. to condiciōn- (stem of condiciō) condition + -ālis -al1
  • Anglo-French, Middle French
  • Middle English condicionel 1350–1400
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged dependent, contingent, relative.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

conditional /kənˈdɪʃənəl/ adj
  1. depending on other factors; not certain
  2. (of a clause, conjunction, form of a verb, or whole sentence) expressing a condition on which something else is contingent: "If he comes" is a conditional clause in the sentence "If he comes I shall go"

  3. Also: hypothetical (of a proposition) consisting of two component propositions associated by the words if…then so that the proposition is false only when the antecedent is true and the consequent false. Usually written: pq or pq, where p is the antecedent, q the consequent, and → or ⊃ symbolizes implies
  1. a conditional form of a verb

conˈditionally adv

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