Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A condition that must exist or be established before something can occur or be considered; a prerequisite.
  • transitive v. To condition, train, or accustom in advance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A requirement which must be satisfied before taking a course of action.
  • v. To condition in advance

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A previous or antecedent condition; a preliminary condition.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An antecedent condition; a condition requisite in advance; a prerequisite.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an assumption on which rests the validity or effect of something else
  • n. an assumption that is taken for granted
  • n. a condition that is a prerequisite
  • v. put into the required condition beforehand

Etymologies

pre- +‎ condition (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • A precondition is a policy change that one imposes on another country before even beginning negotiations.

    Obama: McCain 'obsessed' with Ahmadinajad

  • The word precondition has a widely recognized meaning in the context of diplomatic negotiations.

    Obama Clarifies Position On Meeting With Foreign Leaders

  • A precondition is a precondition, is a precondition, is a precondition.

    Happy Hour Roundup

  • An example of a precondition is the Bush Admin's requirement that Iran verifiably suspend their uranium enrichment program.

    Obama Clarifies Position On Meeting With Foreign Leaders

  • A precondition is a demand that you make of the other -- of the party going in, just as we're demanding of Iran that they stop, you know, making nuclear fuel.

    CNN Transcript Oct 22, 2008

  • A precondition is a demand that you make of the other party going in just as we're demanding of Iran that they stop, you know, making nuclear fuel.

    CNN Transcript Oct 22, 2008

  • The reason for this is that Benghazi's starting point, as a primary precondition is that Gaddafi steps down, while Tripoli's starting point, as a precondition is the refusal to step down.

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  • When the Americans and the rest of the world community confirmed the need for Israel to stop settling in areas earmarked for Palestine, the Israelis considered such a call a precondition for negotiations and refused to extend a 10-month freeze of settlement activities.

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  • Petraeus also warned it would take "a number of years" before Afghan security forces could take over for NATO-led troops, a step U.S. officials have described as a precondition for a complete withdrawal.

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  • Petraeus, who was due to arrive in Kabul within days, also warned it would take "a number of years" before Afghan security forces could take over for NATO-led troops, a step officials have described as a precondition for a complete

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