1 adj If a situation or agreement is conditionalon something, it will only happen or continue if this thing happens.
oft ADJ on n/-ing
Their support is conditional on his proposals meeting their approval., ...a conditional offer.
conditionally adv ADV with v
Mr Smith has conditionally agreed to buy a shareholding in the club.
2 adj In grammar, a conditional clause is a subordinate clause which refers to a situation which may exist or whose possible consequences you are considering. Most conditional clauses begin with `if' or `unless', for example `If that happens, we'll be in big trouble' and `You don't have to come unless you want to'. ADJ n
conditional discharge ( conditional discharges plural ) If someone who is convicted of an offence is given a conditional discharge by a court, they are not punished unless they later commit a further offence.
(BRIT, LEGAL) n-count usu sing
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