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conditional

adjective, noun uk   /kənˈdɪʃ.ən.əl/ specialized us  

conditional adjective, noun (SENTENCE FORM)

[C] (relating to) a sentence, often starting with "if" or "unless", in which one half expresses something which depends on the other half: a conditional clause "If I won a lot of money, I'd go travelling" 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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conditional

adjective uk   /kənˈdɪʃ.ən.əl/ us  
A conditional offer or agreement depends on something else being done: The offer of a place on the nursing course is conditional on/upon my passing all three exams.
Opposite
conditionally
adverb uk   /-i/ us  
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