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Webster 1913 Edition


Conditional

Con-di′tion-al

,
Adj.
[L.
conditionalis
.]
1.
Containing, implying, or depending on, a condition or conditions; not absolute; made or granted on certain terms;
as, a
conditional
promise
.
Every covenant of God with man . . . may justly be made (as in fact it is made) with this
conditional
punishment annexed and declared.
Bp. Warburton.
2.
(Gram. & Logic)
Expressing a condition or supposition;
as, a
conditional
word, mode, or tense
.
A
conditional
proposition is one which asserts the dependence of one categorical proposition on another.
Whately.
The words hypothetical and
conditional
may be . . . used synonymously.
J. S. Mill.

Con-di′tion-al

,
Noun.
1.
A limitation.
[Obs.]
Bacon.
2.
A conditional word, mode, or proposition.
Disjunctives may be turned into
conditionals
.
L. H. Atwater.

Webster 1828 Edition


Conditional

CONDITIONAL

,
Adj.
1.
Containing or depending on a condition or conditions; made with limitations; not absolute; made or granted on certain terms. A conditional promise is one which is to be performed, when something else stipulated is done or has taken place. A conditional fee, in law, is one which is granted upon condition, that if the donee shall die without such particular heirs as are specified, the estate shall revert to the donor. Hence it is a fee restrained to particular heirs, to the exclusion of others.
2.
In grammar and logic, expressing a condition or supposition; as a conditional word, mode, or tense; a conditional syllogism.

CONDITIONAL

,
Noun.
A limitation.

Definition 2022


conditional

conditional

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Noun

conditional (plural conditionals)

  1. (grammar) A conditional sentence; a statement that depends on a condition being true or false.
  2. (grammar) The conditional mood.
  3. (logic) A statement that one sentence is true if another is.
    "A implies B" is a conditional.
    • L. H. Atwater
      Disjunctives may be turned into conditionals.
  4. (programming) An instruction that branches depending on the truth of a condition at that point.
    if and while are conditionals in some programming languages.
  5. (obsolete) A limitation.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Francis Bacon to this entry?)

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conditional (not comparable)

  1. Limited by a condition.
    I made my son a conditional promise: I would buy him a bike if he kept his room tidy.
    • Bishop Warburton
      Every covenant of God with man [] may justly be made (as in fact it is made) with this conditional punishment annexed and declared.
  2. (logic) Stating that one sentence is true if another is.
    "A implies B" is a conditional statement.
    • Whately
      A conditional proposition is one which asserts the dependence of one categorical proposition on another.
  3. (grammar) Expressing a condition or supposition.
    a conditional word, mode, or tense

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