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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
con•di•tion•al /kənˈdɪʃənəl/USA pronunciation
adj. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
- 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.
- 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.
(kən dish′ə nl), adj.
- imposing, containing, subject to, or depending on a condition or conditions;
made or allowed on certain terms:conditional acceptance.
- Grammar[Gram.](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.
- (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;
Mathematics[Math.](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).
- (of a syllogism) containing at least one conditional proposition as a premise.
- (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.
1 . dependent, contingent, relative.
- Late Latin condiciōnālis, equivalent. to condiciōn- (stem of condiciō) condition + -ālis -al1
- Anglo-French, Middle French
- Middle English condicionel 1350–1400
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
conditional /kənˈdɪʃənəl/ adj
- depending on other factors; not certain
- (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"
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: p→q or p⊃q, where p is the antecedent, q the consequent, and → or ⊃ symbolizes implies
- a conditional form of a verb