One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Of good disposition, morals, or behaviour; having good qualities; right-minded. Now rare (chiefly archaic).
2In good physical condition; in a sound, healthy, or satisfactory state.
3Surveying and Computing. Such that a small error in measurement or change in data gives rise to only a small change in the calculated result or outcome; such that an answer can be obtained to an acceptable degree of accuracy.
Late Middle English; earliest use found in Edward, Duke of York (fl. c1373–1415), magnate. From well + conditioned.
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