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  • conj. Not unless; used to introduce a necessary condition.

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  • adv. never except when


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  • I pray not, only if he will tell me whre he has sent my mother.

    Eliza’s Freedom Road

  • Similar to Lyndon Johnsons Tuesday lunches, the structure could have worked, but only if it had adequate staffing support to prepare meetings and ensure that decisions would be implemented.

    In the Shadow of the Oval Office

  • In Banon's case, an investigation would begin only if her attempted rape complaint is found to be false.

    Strauss-Kahn's French accuser says she wants truth out

  • One day, when Alexander was asked if he would be willing to compete in the footrace at the upcoming Olympic games, the prince replied that he would, but only if he could compete against kings.

    Alexander the Great

  • Hence the principle: cuius regio eius religio, is valid only if it does not need to be stated explicitly, but instead reflects the existence of a naive and undifferentiated condition in which Church and State are at one.

    Conflict and The Web of Group-Affiliations

  • MUMBAI --India's capital markets regulator will allow redemption of Indian Depository Receipts, or IDRs, into equity shares one year after their issuance, and only if the instruments are "infrequently traded" on the stock exchanges.

    Depository Receipts May be Redeemed After a Year

  • Yes, an instant thirty-five-mile-long defensive system strains credulity but only if we fail to take into account the lay of the land.

    The Spartacus War

  • Not only had the accordion been given a grand new voice—strong and unwavering and proud—it also had been cleaned and shined and repaired, its name glued back together, and only if you knew where it had been would you be able to look closely and find the hairline that once had been that wide crack.

    Hoopi Shoopi Donna

  • Large amounts of sodium can enter the cell only if the cell receives a signal to open voltage-gated channels that span the cell membrane.


  • They recommend shopping online only if “you live in the suburbs, or are surrounded by Mega-Marts, have to drive more than six or eight miles each way to go shopping, are scrupulous about bundling online orders, and choose ground shipping rather than overnight air.”



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