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 for Condition
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Condition \Con*di"tion\, n. [F., fr. L. conditio (better
     condicio) agreement, compact, condition; con- + a root
     signifying to show, point out, akin to dicere to say, dicare
     to proclaim, dedicate. See Teach, Token.]
     1. Mode or state of being; state or situation with regard to
        external circumstances or influences, or to physical or
        mental integrity, health, strength, etc.; predicament;
        rank; position, estate.
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              I am in my condition
              A prince, Miranda; I do think, a king. --Shak.
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              And O, what man's condition can be worse
              Than his whom plenty starves and blessings curse?
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              The new conditions of life.           --Darwin.
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     2. Essential quality; property; attribute.
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              It seemed to us a condition and property of divine
              powers and beings to be hidden and unseen to others.
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     3. Temperament; disposition; character. [Obs.]
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              The condition of a saint and the complexion of a
              devil.                                --Shak.
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     4. That which must exist as the occasion or concomitant of
        something else; that which is requisite in order that
        something else should take effect; an essential
        qualification; stipulation; terms specified.
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              I had as lief take her dowry with this condition, to
              be whipped at the high cross every morning. --Shak.
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              Many are apt to believe remission of sins, but they
              believe it without the condition of repentance.
                                                    --Jer. Taylor.
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     5. (Law) A clause in a contract, or agreement, which has for
        its object to suspend, to defeat, or in some way to
        modify, the principal obligation; or, in case of a will,
        to suspend, revoke, or modify a devise or bequest. It is
        also the case of a future uncertain event, which may or
        may not happen, and on the occurrence or non-occurrence of
        which, the accomplishment, recission, or modification of
        an obligation or testamentary disposition is made to
        depend. --Blount. Tomlins. Bouvier. Wharton.
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     Equation of condition. (Math.) See under Equation.
     On condition or Upon condition (that), used for if in
        introducing conditional sentences. "Upon condition thou
        wilt swear to pay him tribute . . . thou shalt be placed
        as viceroy under him." --Shak.
     Conditions of sale, the terms on which it is proposed to
        sell property by auction; also, the instrument containing
        or expressing these terms.
     Syn: State; situation; circumstances; station; case; mode;
          plight; predicament; stipulation; qualification;
          requisite; article; provision; arrangement. See State.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Condition \Con*di"tion\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Conditioned; p.
     pr. & vb. n. Conditioning.]
     1. To make terms; to stipulate.
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              Pay me back my credit,
              And I'll condition with ye.           --Beau. & Fl.
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     2. (Metaph.) To impose upon an object those relations or
        conditions without which knowledge and thought are alleged
        to be impossible.
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              To think of a thing is to condition.  --Sir W.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Condition \Con*di"tion\, v. t. [Cf. LL. conditionare. See
     Condition, n.]
     1. To invest with, or limit by, conditions; to burden or
        qualify by a condition; to impose or be imposed as the
        condition of.
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              Seas, that daily gain upon the shore,
              Have ebb and flow conditioning their march.
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     2. To contract; to stipulate; to agree.
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              It was conditioned between Saturn and Titan, that
              Saturn should put to death all his male children.
                                                    --Sir W.
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     3. (U. S. Colleges) To put under conditions; to require to
        pass a new examination or to make up a specified study, as
        a condition of remaining in one's class or in college; as,
        to condition a student who has failed in some branch of
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     4. To test or assay, as silk (to ascertain the proportion of
        moisture it contains). --McElrath.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a state at a particular time; "a condition (or state) of
           disrepair"; "the current status of the arms negotiations"
           [syn: condition, status]
      2: an assumption on which rests the validity or effect of
         something else [syn: condition, precondition,
      3: a mode of being or form of existence of a person or thing;
         "the human condition"
      4: information that should be kept in mind when making a
         decision; "another consideration is the time it would take"
         [syn: circumstance, condition, consideration]
      5: the state of (good) health (especially in the phrases `in
         condition' or `in shape' or `out of condition' or `out of
         shape') [syn: condition, shape]
      6: an illness, disease, or other medical problem; "a heart
         condition"; "a skin condition"
      7: (usually plural) a statement of what is required as part of
         an agreement; "the contract set out the conditions of the
         lease"; "the terms of the treaty were generous" [syn:
         condition, term]
      8: the procedure that is varied in order to estimate a
         variable's effect by comparison with a control condition
         [syn: condition, experimental condition]
      v 1: establish a conditioned response
      2: develop (children's) behavior by instruction and practice;
         especially to teach self-control; "Parents must discipline
         their children"; "Is this dog trained?" [syn: discipline,
         train, check, condition]
      3: specify as a condition or requirement in a contract or
         agreement; make an express demand or provision in an
         agreement; "The will stipulates that she can live in the
         house for the rest of her life"; "The contract stipulates the
         dates of the payments" [syn: stipulate, qualify,
         condition, specify]
      4: put into a better state; "he conditions old cars"
      5: apply conditioner to in order to make smooth and shiny; "I
         condition my hair after washing it"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  358 Moby Thesaurus words for "condition":
     abate, ability, abnormality, acclimate, acclimatize, accommodate,
     accustom, acute disease, adapt, adjust, adjust to, affairs,
     affection, affliction, ailment, allergic disease, allergy, alter,
     apprentice, assuage, atrophy, attach a condition, attune,
     bacterial disease, bearings, beat into, birth defect, blight,
     bound, boundary condition, box in, brainwash, break, break in,
     breed, bring up, capability, capacitate, capacity,
     cardiovascular disease, case, case harden, caste, catch, catechize,
     character, chronic disease, circulatory disease, circumscribe,
     circumstance, circumstances, class, clause, cobble, commission,
     competence, competency, complaint, complication, concerns,
     condition of things, conditions, confine, confirm,
     congenital defect, conjuncture, contain, contingency, copyright,
     cultivate, darn, dealings, defect, deficiency disease, deformity,
     degenerative disease, demand, develop, diminish, disability,
     discipline, disease, disorder, distemper, do up, doctor, doings,
     domesticate, domesticize, donnee, draw the line, drill, echelon,
     educate, enable, endemic, endemic disease, endocrine disease,
     environment, epidemic disease, equip, escalator clause,
     escape clause, escape hatch, establish, estate, event, eventuality,
     exception, exemption, exercise, familiarize, fetch up, fettle,
     fine print, fit, fit out, fit up, fitness, fittedness, fix, fix up,
     footing, form, foster, functional disease, fungus disease, furnish,
     gastrointestinal disease, genetic disease, gentle, get ready,
     given, goings-on, groom, grounds, habituate, handicap, harden,
     have a catch, have a joker, health, hedge, hedge about,
     hereditary disease, hierarchy, house-train, housebreak,
     iatrogenic disease, ill, illness, imbue, implant, impregnate,
     impress, improve, incident, inculcate, indisposition, indoctrinate,
     infectious disease, infirmity, infix, influence, infuse, inoculate,
     insist upon, instill, inure, jam, joker, juncture, kicker, kilter,
     leaven, life, limit, limitation, limiting condition, location, lot,
     make conditional, make contingent, make ready, malady, malaise,
     march of events, mastery, matters, maturity, mend, mitigate,
     modality, mode, moderate, modification, modify, modulate,
     morbidity, morbus, mould, muscular disease, must, narrow,
     naturalize, necessity, neurological disease, nurse, nurture,
     nutritional disease, obligation, occasion, occupational disease,
     occurrence, order, organic disease, orient, orientate, outfit,
     overhaul, palliate, pandemic disease, parameter, part, pass, patch,
     patch up, patent, pathological condition, pathology, persuade,
     pickle, place, plant disease, plight, position, posture,
     power structure, practice, precedence, predicament, prepare,
     preparedness, prerequisite, proceedings, proficiency, program,
     protozoan disease, provision, provisions, proviso,
     psychosomatic disease, put in commission, put in order,
     put in repair, put in shape, put in trim, put in tune,
     put to school, qualification, qualify, quality, quarters, raise,
     rank, rate, rating, readiness, ready, rear, recap, recondition,
     reduce, register, regulate by, rehearse, relation, relations,
     repair, requirement, requisite, reservation, respiratory disease,
     restrain, restrict, restriction, retread, ripeness, rockiness,
     role, run of things, saving clause, scant, season, seasoning,
     secondary disease, seediness, send to school, service,
     set conditions, set limits, set to rights, sew up, shape,
     sickishness, sickness, signs, sine qua non, situation, small print,
     soften, specialize, specification, sphere, spot, stage, standing,
     state, state of affairs, station, status, stint, stipulate,
     stipulation, straiten, string, strings, suit, suitability,
     suitableness, suitedness, symptomatology, symptomology, symptoms,
     syndrome, take in hand, tame, teach, temper, tempering, term,
     terms, the pip, the times, the world, tinker, tinker up, train,
     trim, tune, ultimatum, urogenital disease, virus disease,
     wasting disease, what happens, whereas, wont, worm disease

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  CONDITION, contracts, wills. In its most extended signification, a condition 
  is a clause in a contract or agreement which has for its object to suspend, 
  to rescind, or to modify the principal obligation; or in case of a will, to 
  suspend, revoke, or modify the devise or bequest. 1 Bouv. Inst. n. 730. It 
  ii in fact by itself, in many cases, an agreement; and a sufficient 
  foundation as an agreement in writing, for a bill in equity, praying for a 
  specific performance. 2 Burr. 826. In pleading, according to the course of 
  the common law, the bond and its condition are to some intents and purposes, 
  regarded as distinct things. 1 Saund. Rep. by Wms. 9 b. Domat has given a 
  definition of a condition, quoted by Hargrave, in these words: "A condition 
  is any portion or agreement which regulates what the parties have a mind 
  should be done, if a case they foresee should come to pass." Co. Litt. 201 
       2. Conditions sometimes suspend the obligation; as, when it is to have 
  no effect until they are fulfilled; as, if I bind myself to pay you one 
  thousand dollars on condition that the ship Thomas Jefferson shall arrive in 
  the United States from Havre; the contract is suspended until the arrival of 
  the ship. 
       3. The condition sometimes rescinds the contract; as, when I sell you 
  my horse, on condition that he shall be alive on the first day of January, 
  and he dies before that time. 
       4. A condition may modify the contract; as, if I sell you two thousand 
  bushels of corn, upon condition that my crop shall produce that much, and it 
  produces only fifteen hundred bushels. 
       5. In a less extended acceptation, but in a true sense, a condition is 
  a future and uncertain event, on the existence or non-existence of which is 
  made to depend, either the accomplishment, the modification, or the 
  rescission of an obligation or testamentary disposition. 
       6. There is a marked difference between a condition and a limitation. 
  When a in is given generally, but the gift may defeated upon the happening 
  of an uncertain event, the latter is called a condition but when it is given 
  to be enjoyed until the event arrives, it is a limitation. See Limitation; 
  Estates. It is not easy to say when a condition will be considered a 
  covenant and when not, or when it will be holden to be both. Platt on Cov. 
       7. Events foreseen by conditions are of three kinds. Some depend on the 
  acts of the persons who deal together, as, if the agreement should provide 
  that a partner should not join another partnership. Others are independent 
  of the will of the parties, as, if I sell you one thousand bushels of corn,. 
  on condition that my crop shall not be destroyed by a fortuitous event, or 
  act of God. Some depend in part on the contracting parties and partly on the 
  act of God, as, if it be provided that such merchandise shall arrive by a 
  certain day. 
       8. A condition may be created by inserting the very word condition, or 
  on condition, in the deed or agreement; there are, however, other words that 
  will do so as effectually, as proviso, if, &c. Bac. Ab. Conditions, A. 
       9. Conditions are of various kinds; 1. as to their form, they are 
  express or implied. This division is of feudal origin. 2 Woodes. Lect. 138. 
  2. As to their object, they are lawful or unlawful; 3. as to the time when 
  they are to take effect, they are precedent or subsequent; 4. as to their 
  nature, they are possible or impossible 5. as to their operation, they are 
  positive or negative; 6. is to their divisibility, they are copulative or 
  disjunctive; 7. as to their agreement with the contract, they are consistent 
  or repugnant; 8. as to their effect, they are resolutory or suspensive. 
  These will be severally considered. 
      10. An express condition is one created by express words; as for 
  instance, a condition in a lease that if the tenant shall not pay the rent 
  at the day, the lessor may reenter. Litt. 328. Vide Reentry. 
      11. An implied condition is one created by law, and not by express 
  words; for example, at common law, the tenant for life holds upon the 
  implied condition not to commit waste. Co. Litt. 233, b. 
      12. A lawful or legal condition is one made in consonance with the law. 
  This must be understood of the law as existing at the time of making the 
  condition, for no change of the law can change the force of the condition. 
  For example, a conveyance was made to the grantee, on condition that he 
  should not aliens until be reached the age of twenty-five years. Before he 
  acquired this age be aliened, and made a second conveyance after he obtained 
  it; the first deed was declared void, and the last valid. When the condition 
  was imposed, twenty-five was the age of majority in the state; it was 
  afterwards changed to twenty-one. Under these circumstances the condition 
  was held to be binding. 3 Miss., R. 40. 
      13. An unlawful or illegal condition is one forbidden by law. Unlawful 
  conditions have for their object, 1st. to do something malum in se, or malum 
  prohibitum; 2d. to omit the performance of some duty required by law 3d. to 
  encourage such act or omission. 1 P. Wms. 189. When the law prohibits, in 
  express terms, the transaction in respect to which the condition is made, 
  and declares it void, such condition is then void; 3 Binn. R. 533; but when 
  it is prohibited, without being declared void, although unlawful, it is not 
  void. 12 S. @ R. 237. Conditions in restraint of marriage are odious, and 
  are therefore held to the utmost rigor and strictness. They are contrary to 
  sound policy, and by the Roman law were all void. 4 Burr. Rep. 2055; 10 
  Barr. 75, 350; 3 Whart. 575. 
      14. A condition precedent is one which must be performed before the 
  estate will vest, or before the obligation is to be performed. 2 Dall. R. 
  317. Whether a condition shall be considered as precedent or subsequent, 
  depends not on the form or arrangement of the words, but on the manifest 
  intention of the parties, on the fair construction of the contract. 2 Fairf. 
  R. 318; 5 Wend. R. 496; 3 Pet, R. 374; 2 John. R. 148; 2 Cain es, R. 352; 12 
  Mod. 464; 6 Cowen, R. 627 9 Wheat. R. 350; 2 Virg. Cas. 138 14 Mass. R. 453; 
  1 J. J. Marsh. R. 591 6 J. J. Marsh. R. 161; 2 Bibb, R. 547 6 Litt. R. 151; 
  4 Rand. R. 352; 2 Burr. 900 
      15. A subsequent condition is one which enlarges or defeats an estate or 
  right, already created. A conveyance in fee, reserving a life estate in a 
  part of the land, and made upon condition that the grantee shall pay certain 
  sums of money at divers times to several persons, passes the fee upon 
  condition subsequent. 6 Greenl. R. 106. See 1 Burr. 39, 43; 4 Burr. 1940. 
  Sometimes it becomes of great importance to ascertain whether the condition 
  is precedent or subsequent. When a precedent condition becomes impossible by 
  the act of God, no estate or right vests; but if the condition is 
  subsequent, the estate or right becomes absolute. Co. Litt. 206, 208; 1 
  Salk. 170. 
      16. A possible condition is one which may be performed, and there is 
  nothing in the laws of nature to prevent its performance. 
      17. An impossible condition is one which cannot be accomplished 
  according to the laws of nature; as, to go from the United States to Europe 
  in one day.; such a condition is void. 1 Swift's Dig. 93; 5 Toull. n. 242-
  247. When a condition becomes impossible by the act of God, it either vests 
  the estate, or does not, as it is precedent or subsequent: when it is the 
  former, no estate vests when the latter, it becomes absolute. Co. Litt. 206, 
  a, 218, a; 3 Pet. R. 374; 1 Hill. Ab. 249. When the performance of the 
  condition becomes impossible by the act of the party who imposed it, the 
  estate is rendered absolute. 5 Rep. 22; 3 Bro. Parl. Cas. 359. Vide 1 
  Paine's R. 652; Bac. Ab. Conditions, M; Roll. Ab. 420; Co. Litt. 206; 1 Rop. 
  Leg. 505; Swinb. pt. 4, s. 6; Inst. 2, 4, 10; Dig. 28, 7, 1; Id. 44, 7, 31; 
  Code 6, 25, 1; 6 Toull. n. 486, 686 and the article Impossibility. 
      18. A positive condition requires that the event contemplated shall 
  happen; as, If I marry. Poth. Ob. part 2, c. 3, art. 1, Sec. 1. 19. A 
  negative condition requires that the event contemplated shall not happen as 
  If I do not marry. Potb. Ob. n. 200. 
      20. A copulative condition, is one of several distinct-matters, the 
  whole of which are made precedent to the vesting of an estate or right. In 
  this case the entire condition must be performed, or the estate or right can 
  never arise or take place. 2 Freem. 186. Such a condition differs from a 
  disjunctive condition, which gives to the party the right to perform the one 
  or the other; for, in this case, if one becomes impossible by the act of 
  God, the whole will, in general, be excused. This rule, however, is not 
  without exception. 1 B. & P. 242; Cro. Eliz. 780; 5 Co. 21; 1 Lord Raym. 
  279. Vide Conjunctive; Disjunctive. 
      21. A disjunctive condition is one which gives the party to be affected 
  by it, the right to perform one or the other of two alternatives. 
      22. A consistent condition is one which agrees with other parts of the 
      23. A repugnant condition is one which is contrary to the contract; as, 
  if I grant to you a house and lot in fee, upon condition that you shall not 
  aliene, the condition is repugnant and void, as being inconsistent with the 
  estate granted. Bac. Ab. Conditions L; 9 Wheat. 325; 2 Ves. jr. 824. 
      24. A resolutory condition in the civil law is one which has for its 
  object, when accomplished the revocation of the principal obligation. This 
  condition does not suspend either the existence or the execution of the 
  obligation, it merely obliges the creditor to return what he has received. 
      25. A suspensive condition is one which suspends the fulfilment of the 
  obligation until it has been performed; as, if a man bind himself to pay one 
  -hundred dollars, upon condition that the ship Thomas Jefferson shall arrive 
  from Europe. The obligation, in this case, is suspended until the arrival of 
  the ship, when the condition having been performed, the obligation becomes 
  absolute, and it is no longer conditional. A suspensive condition is in 
  fact a condition precedent. 
      26. Pothier further divides conditions into potestative, casual and 
      27. A potestative condition is that which is in the power of the person 
  in whose favor it is contracted; as, if I engage to give my neighbor a sum 
  of money, in case he outs down a tree which obstructs my. prospect. Poth. 
  Obl. Pt. 2, c. 3, art. 1, Sec. 1. 
      28. A casual condition is one which depends altogether upon chance, and 
  not in the power of the creditor, as the following: if I have children; if I 
  have no children; if such a vessel arrives in the United States, &c. Poth. 
  Ob. n. 201. 
    29. A mixed condition is one which depends on the will of the
    creditor and of a third person; as, if you marry my cousin. Poth. Ob. n. 
  201. Vide, generally, Bouv. Inst. Index, h.t. 

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  CONDITION, persons. The situation in civil society which creates certain 
  relations between the individual, to whom it is applied, and one or more 
  others, from which mutual rights and obligations arise. Thus the situation 
  arising from marriage gives rise to the conditions of husband and wife that 
  of paternity to the conditions of father and child. Domat, tom. 2, liv. 1, 
  tit. 9, s. 1, n. 8. 
       2. In contracts every one is presume to know the condition of the 
  person with whom he deals. A man making a contract with an infant cannot 
  recover against him for a breach of the contract, on the ground that he was 
  not aware of his condition. 

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