Definition of conditional in English:


Line breaks: con|di¦tion¦al
Pronunciation: /kənˈdɪʃ(ə)n(ə)l


  • 2 Grammar (Of a clause, phrase, conjunction, or verb form) expressing a condition.
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    • And she puts it in a conditional clause, which makes a difference.
    • God's promise of the Land of Israel to the Jews has its unconditional clause and its conditional clause.
    • As indicated above, this is an argument with conditional clauses all of which are debatable.


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  • 1 Grammar & Philosophy A conditional clause or conjunction.
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    • Let us turn now, though, to subjunctive conditionals contextualism.
    • But notice that it is not a conjunction of conditionals of the form ‘If John said that p, then p,’ each with a true antecedent.
    • This should have been a conjunction, not a conditional.
  • 1.1A sentence containing a conditional clause.
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    • Recall that a conditional is a sentence of the form if a then c, which we are writing as a c.
    • But it's my guess that most people take the first two clauses of the song as the protases of a conditional, rather than as rhetorical questions.
    • Note that the inductive argument the agents run through depends upon the conclusions they each draw from several counterfactual conditionals.
  • 2 [mass noun] Grammar The conditional mood of a verb, for example should in if I should die.
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    • Romanian uses an analytic construction for the conditional.
    • The grammar of the lyrics uses what is called the conditional.
    • In this learn Spanish grammar lesson, we review the Spanish conditional tense and how to conjugate Spanish verbs in the conditional.



Pronunciation: /-ˈnalɪti/
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  • He cites two reasons: ‘One is its clarity and lack of conditionality.’
  • In recent years the UK has been moving away from traditional approaches to conditionality.
  • I personally believe that conditionality should be imposed.


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  • That something is illegal does not itself carry moral weight unless legality as such carries moral weight, and legality carries moral weight only conditionally.
  • A couple convicted of failing to ensure the safety of a girl who died following a riding accident, were conditionally discharged yesterday after a judge said there was no point in fining them.
  • The joint German-Italian proposal to create migrant holding camps in north Africa has been rejected by Spain and, somewhat more conditionally, France.

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