Hypertext Webster Gateway: "condition"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Condition \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.

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}.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Condition \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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Condition \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.

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

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

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: a condition or state at a particular time: "a condition (or
state) of disrepair"; "the current status of the arms
negotiations" [syn: {status}]
2: a mode of being or form of existence of a person or things:
"the human condition"
3: an assumption on which rests the validity or effect of
something else [syn: {precondition}, {stipulation}]
4: (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" [syn: {term}]
5: the state of (good) health (especially in the phrases "in
condition" or "in shape" or "out of condition" or "out of
shape") [syn: {shape}]
6: information that should be kept in mind when making a
decision; "another consideration is the time it would
take" [syn: {circumstance}, {consideration}]
7: the procedure that is varied in order to estimate a
variable's effect by comparison with a control condition
[syn: {experimental condition}]
v 1: establish a conditioned response
2: train by instruction and practice; esp. to teach
self-control; "Parents must discipline their children";
"Is this dog trained?" [syn: {discipline}, {train}, {check}]
3: specify as a condition; "The will stipulates that she can
live in the house for the rest of her life" [syn: {stipulate},
{qualify}, {specify}]
4: put into a better state; "he conditions old cars"
5: apply conditioner to in order to make smooth and shiny; of

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