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"conditional" in British English

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conditionaladjective, noun

uk   us   /kənˈdɪʃ.ən.əl/ specialized
  • conditional adjective, noun (SENTENCE FORM)

[C] (​relating to) a ​sentence, often ​starting with "if" or "​unless", in which one ​halfexpresses something which ​depends on the other ​half: a conditional ​clause "If I ​won a lot of ​money, I'd ​travel the ​world" is an ​example of a conditional (​sentence).
  • conditional adjective, noun (VERB FORM)

[S] (a ​form of a ​verb) ​expressing the ​idea that one thing ​depends on another thing: In ​English, the conditional is ​expressed by "would".
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conditionaladjective

uk   us   /kənˈdɪʃ.ən.əl/
(Definition of conditional from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"conditional" in American English

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conditionaladjective

 us   /kənˈdɪʃ·ə·nəl/
[not gradable] grammar relating to a ​sentence, often ​starting with "if" or "​unless," in which one ​halfexpresses something which ​depends on the other ​halfconditional statement mathematics A conditional ​statementdescribes that if one ​stateexists, then another one also ​exists.
  • conditional adjective (AGREED LIMITATION)

depending on ​certainterms, ​agreements, etc.: The ​sales is conditional on ​approval from ​government regulators.
(Definition of conditional from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"conditional" in Business English

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conditionaladjective

uk   us   /kənˈdɪʃənəl/
relating to an ​offer or ​agreement that depends on something else being done: conditional agreement/approval The ​company has the conditional ​approval needed to ​market the ​drug, though it must still ​return to the FDA with more ​data.conditional contract/offer He had been ​sent a ​formalletter with a conditional ​offer of ​employment, ​pending a ​medicalexamination.conditional on/upon The ​offer is conditional on obtaining ​planningpermission for the ​land.
conditionally
adverb /kənˈdɪʃənəli/
conditionally accept/agree/approve The ​charitablefoundation, which is the largest ​stakeholder with just under 40% of the ​shares, has conditionally ​agreed to ​accept the ​bid.
(Definition of conditional from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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