condition

Definitions

General English

  • noun a state that something or someone is in
  • noun something which has to be agreed before something else is done

General Science

  • noun the present state of something
  • noun the physical state of a site of special scientific interest, according to whether or not conservation objectives are being achieved

Agriculture

  • noun the state of health or of cleanliness of an animal
  • noun the amounts of muscle and fat present in an animal

Banking

  • noun a general state or the general way of life in a place

Computing

  • noun the state of a circuit or device or register
  • noun a series of requirements that have to be met before an action can occur
  • verb to modify data that is to be transmitted so as to meet set parameters

Food

  • verb to improve the quality of meat, cheese or alcoholic drink by ageing it at a controlled temperature

Law

  • noun a term of a contract or duty which has to be carried out as part of a contract, or something which has to be agreed before a contract becomes valid

Medical

  • noun the particular state of someone or something
  • noun a particular illness, injury or disorder

Military

  • noun the state of something such as a piece of equipment, especially whether it is clean and working properly

Publishing

  • verb to prepare paper for printing by exposing it to the temperature and humidity levels in the pressroom

Real Estate

  • noun the particular state of repair of something such as a building
  • verb to state a requirement that must be fulfilled, or to make something dependent on a requirement, especially in a legal contract

Sports

  • verb to undertake a fitness plan to improve general health, appearance or physical performance

Travel

  • noun something that has to be done, especially duties which have to be carried out as part of a contract

Origin & History of “condition”

Latin condīcere originally meant literally ‘talk together’ – it was a compound verb formed from the prefix com- ‘together’ and dicere ‘talk’ (whose base dic- forms the basis of a wide range of English words from abdicate to vindicate, including diction and dictionary). Gradually the idea of ‘talking together, discussing’ passed to ‘agreeing’, and the derived Latin noun conditiō originally meant ‘agreement’. From this came ‘stipulation, provision’, and hence ‘situation, mode of being’, all of them senses which passed via Old French condicion into English condition.
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