Definition of precondition in English:



  • A condition that must be fulfilled before other things can happen or be done:

    ‘a precondition for peace’
    • ‘Recall that an essential precondition for exchange is a mutual perception of fairness.’
    • ‘The necessary precondition for a functioning democracy is not just minimal outright poverty, but a reasonable degree of similarity between the life and life prospects of the citizens.’
    • ‘These analyses are targeted toward locating a job opening, which is a necessary precondition for negotiating the terms of a subsequent job offer.’
    • ‘It would appear to us that a concern for the fate of humanity - including how and under what physical and mental conditions masses of people live - must be a precondition for advanced art today.’
    • ‘According to Ahiakpor, Keynes's greatest error was not understanding that production is a necessary precondition for consumption.’
    • ‘Liking the name was not the only reason for adopting it, just a necessary precondition for doing so.’
    • ‘Although financial development is not a sufficient condition to strengthen economic growth, it is a necessary condition and hence a precondition for high economic growth.’
    • ‘There are several reasons for the prevalence of the dowry system, but the main one is that it is a necessary precondition for marriage.’
    • ‘Similarly, Bertha's punishment of Rochester by burning his house and causing his injuries is the necessary precondition for his repentance and reform.’
    • ‘A belief in it is not only not naïve; it is the essential precondition for civilized society, and our best defense against the arbitrary use of power.’
    • ‘Nothing else will destroy or even greatly weaken the power of the current educational establishment - a necessary precondition for radical improvement in our educational system.’
    • ‘At the top of his to-do list is stabilizing the Philadelphia school district's chronically unstable finances, which he describes as the essential precondition for all other reforms.’
    • ‘For instance, liberals in the 18th century advocated more religious freedom but not the right to be an atheist, because a belief in God was seen as a necessary precondition for social life.’
    • ‘This is not because order is not a necessary precondition for teaching and learning; rather it is because there are several other factors that must be addressed in order to improve the quality of education.’
    • ‘The first thing clergy can do is to make premarital education a necessary precondition for officiating at a couple's ceremony.’
    • ‘This was a necessary precondition for attacking the power of the drug barons, who controlled extensive areas of the country and whose illegal exports of drugs yielded more capital than the export of coffee.’
    • ‘No longer content with surface vision, Janie is learning to ‘look further,’ a necessary precondition for finding an expressive voice.’
    • ‘Surely a necessary precondition for women participating equally in the structures of power is them actually wanting to do so?’
    • ‘Fast Internet access is an essential precondition for economic modernisation and it needs to be available throughout New Zealand, so that our rural industries can benefit from it along with our cities.’
    prerequisite, necessary condition, obligatory condition, essential condition, condition, requirement, necessity, essential, necessary thing, imperative, stipulation, proviso
    sine qua non
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  • 1Condition (an action) to happen in a certain way:

    ‘enquiries are always preconditioned by cultural assumptions’
    1. 1.1 Condition or influence (a person or animal) by exposing them to stimuli or information prior to the relevant behavioural situation:
      [with object and infinitive] ‘the anthropologist is not preconditioned to interact with those he studies’
      ‘the protective effect of preconditioning’
      • ‘Under normal circumstances there should be no extra charge for activities such as moving furniture, preconditioning, and routine spot and stain removal.’
      • ‘After preconditioning, the pressure-sensitive film was inserted beneath the meniscus, after which the specimens were loaded in compression.’
      • ‘Thus, under some production scenarios, the price premium found here enables cow-calf producers to profit from preconditioning, whereas, in other cases, it does not.’
      • ‘You must precondition yourself so your target selection will be a thoughtless, instinctual act.’
      • ‘The standards cover a range of requirements such as minimum space, preconditioning, and feed and water requirements.’
      • ‘It might also reduce the problem of predator preconditioning.’
      • ‘I was preconditioned to detest him when he came to office.’
      • ‘We are preconditioned to believe that a photograph tells the truth.’
      • ‘Some of this lower expected price may be offset by the seasonal price component associated with preconditioning programs geared toward spring calving and fall weaning programs.’
      • ‘It is not easy to break free from the grip of anarchophilia because we are preconditioned to think of the international system in anarchic terms.’
      • ‘Their intention would be to graze the pasture for the entire season and the pasture establishment expense would be the same whether calves were preconditioned in drylot or on pasture.’
      • ‘Without preconditioning, most historians, I wager, would buckle under the strain.’
      • ‘The mechanism by which preconditioning confers protection is not well understood.’
      • ‘Gardner et al. found significant feedlot and carcass performance benefits and lower medicine costs from preconditioning.’
      • ‘Now, a three-phase apparatus has been developed to meter, precondition, and classify seed.’
  • 2Bring (something) into the desired state for use:

    ‘preconditioned paper’
    • ‘If the partners engaging in the activity are both of the same gender, there can be no preconditioned dominant-submissive roles.’
    • ‘To stimulate egg laying in the absence of males, manifolds were preconditioned with males for 24 hr before mated females were placed in the manifold.’
    • ‘After processing, equal numbers of calves were randomly assigned to one of the three preconditioning treatments.’
    • ‘You know, what he is doing is preconditioning the potential jurors, or in really simple English, he's tainting the jury pool.’
    • ‘These tiles were preconditioned by being placed outdoors in a running seawater table for several weeks before their use in the experiment.’
    • ‘For surely such intimacy preconditions the viewer's response and makes it more difficult to assess the work objectively.’
    • ‘We can produce the ferrets and precondition them to survive in the wild.’
    • ‘Bernard has not been able to satisfy me that precondition number 1 has been met.’
    • ‘Because preconditioning programs improve the health and thriftiness of calves, cow-calf producers can expect a price premium because of the improved health of preconditioned calves marketed.’
    • ‘Each specimen was preconditioned by manually flexing the knee 10 times between full extension and full flexion prior to testing.’
    • ‘Elsewhere, external deficit financing is facing the axe due to loan preconditions the government cannot meet on time.’
    • ‘Subsequent cells were selected at least 5 mm away from any previous force application sites to avoid studying preconditioned cells.’
    • ‘However, because defense can only be induced with predators, the individuals with induced defenses are preconditioned to the presence of predators.’
    • ‘This attitude was acceptable when not much information was available about what makes a tree fail or what factors precondition a tree to fail.’