Definition of conditional adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//kənˈdɪʃənl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈdɪʃənl//
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  1. 1conditional (on/upon something) depending on something 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) opposite unconditional
  2. 2[only before noun] (grammar) expressing something that must happen or be true if another thing is to happen or be true a conditional sentence/clause
  3. Word Originlate 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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