Definitions for: Condition


[n] the procedure that is varied in order to estimate a variable's effect by comparison with a control condition
[n] information that should be kept in mind when making a decision; "another consideration is the time it would take"
[n] (usually plural) a statement of what is required as part of an agreement; "the contract set out the conditions of the lease"; "the terms of the treaty were generous"
[n] an assumption on which rests the validity or effect of something else
[n] a mode of being or form of existence of a person or thing; "the human condition"
[n]
[n] the state of (good) health (especially in the phrases `in condition' or `in shape' or `out of condition' or `out of shape')
[v] apply conditioner to in order to make smooth and shiny; of hair
[v] put into a better state; "he conditions old cars"
[v] specify as a condition or requirement in a contract or agreement; make an express demand or provision in an agreement; "The will stipulates that she can live in the house for the rest of her life"; "The contract stipulates the dates of the payments"
[v] train by instruction and practice; esp. to teach self-control; "Parents must discipline their children"; "Is this dog trained?"
[v] establish a conditioned response



Webster (1913) Definition: Con*di"tion, n. [F., fr. L. conditio (better
condicio) agreement, compact, condition; con- + a root
signifying to show, point out, akin to dicere to say, dicare
to proclaim, dedicate. See Teach, Token.]
1. Mode or state of being; state or situation with regard to
external circumstances or influences, or to physical or
mental integrity, health, strength, etc.; predicament;
rank; position, estate.

I am in my condition A prince, Miranda; I do think,
a king. --Shak.

And O, what man's condition can be worse Than his
whom plenty starves and blessings curse? --Cowley.

The new conditions of life. --Darwin.

2. Essential quality; property; attribute.

It seemed to us a condition and property of divine
powers and beings to be hidden and unseen to others.
--Bacon.

3. Temperament; disposition; character. [Obs.]

The condition of a saint and the complexion of a
devil. --Shak.

4. That which must exist as the occasion or concomitant of
something else; that which is requisite in order that
something else should take effect; an essential
qualification; stipulation; terms specified.

I had as lief take her dowry with this condition, to
be whipped at the high cross every morning. --Shak.

Many are apt to believe remission of sins, but they
believe it without the condition of repentance.
--Jer. Taylor.

5. (Law) A clause in a contract, or agreement, which has for
its object to suspend, to defeat, or in some way to
modify, the principal obligation; or, in case of a will,
to suspend, revoke, or modify a devise or bequest. It is
also the case of a future uncertain event, which may or
may not happen, and on the occurrence or non-occurrence of
which, the accomplishment, recission, or modification of
an obligation or testamentary disposition is made to
depend. --Blount. Tomlins. Bouvier. Wharton.

Equation of condition. (Math.) See under Equation.

On or Upon condition (that), used for if in introducing
conditional sentences. ``Upon condition thou wilt swear to
pay him tribute . . . thou shalt be placed as viceroy
under him.'' --Shak.

Conditions of sale, the terms on which it is proposed to
sell property by auction; also, the instrument containing
or expressing these terms.

Syn: State; situation; circumstances; station; case; mode;
plight; predicament; stipulation; qualification;
requisite; article; provision; arrangement. See State.


Con*di"tion, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Conditioned; p.
pr. & vb. n. Conditioning.]
1. To make terms; to stipulate.

Pay me back my credit, And I'll condition with ye.
--Beau. & Fl.

2. (Metaph.) To impose upon an object those relations or
conditions without which knowledge and thought are alleged
to be impossible.

To think of a thing is to condition. --Sir W.
Hamilton.


Con*di"tion, v. t. [Cf. LL. conditionare. See
Condition, n.]
1. To invest with, or limit by, conditions; to burden or
qualify by a condition; to impose or be imposed as the
condition of.

Seas, that daily gain upon the shore, Have ebb and
flow conditioning their march. --Tennyson.

2. To contract; to stipulate; to agree.

It was conditioned between Saturn and Titan, that
Saturn should put to death all his male children.
--Sir W.
Raleigh.

3. (U. S. Colleges) To put under conditions; to require to
pass a new examination or to make up a specified study, as
a condition of remaining in one's class or in college; as,
to condition a student who has failed in some branch of
study.

4. To test or assay, as silk (to ascertain the proportion of
moisture it contains). --McElrath.

Synonyms: check, circumstance, consideration, discipline, precondition, qualify, shape, specify, status, stipulate, stipulation, term, train

See Also: agreement, ameliorate, amend, amphidiploidy, ascendance, ascendancy, ascendence, ascendency, assumption, astigmatism, astigmia, better, boundary condition, celibacy, circumstance, circumstances, comfort, comfortableness, contract, control, curvature, declination, decline, demand, depilation, deshabille, despair, desperation, destiny, develop, difficulty, diploidy, discomfort, dishabille, disorder, dominance, ecological niche, economic condition, emptiness, encapsulation, ennoblement, experiment, experimentation, fate, financial condition, fitness, fortune, fullness, good condition, good health, good shape, guilt, guiltiness, hairlessness, haploidy, health, healthiness, heteroploidy, homelessness, hopefulness, hyalinisation, hyalinization, improve, improvement, impureness, impurity, information, innocence, instruct, introversion, invagination, involvement, justification, learn, lot, luck, lysogenicity, lysogeny, make grow, meliorate, melioration, mental state, mitigating circumstance, mode, mortify, mosaicism, nakedness, need, niche, noise conditions, nomination, nudeness, nudity, ordinary, orphanage, participation, pathological state, physical fitness, place, polarisation, polarization, polyploidy, portion, position, premise, premiss, prepossession, process, protuberance, provide, provision, proviso, psychological state, pureness, purity, recondition, regularisation, regularization, reinstatement, roots, sanitary condition, saturation, shampoo, silence, sinlessness, situation, ski conditions, social stratification, standardisation, standardization, state, statement, stigmatism, stratification, teach, transsexualism, uncomfortableness, understanding, undertake, upset, vacuolation, vacuolisation, vacuolization, virginity, way

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