preconditions

precondition

[pree-kuhn-dish-uhn]
noun
1.
something that must come before or is necessary to a subsequent result; condition: a precondition for a promotion.
verb (used with object)
2.
to subject (a person or thing) to a special treatment in preparation for a subsequent experience, process, test, etc.: to precondition a surface to receive paint.

Origin:
1910–15; pre- + condition

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precondition (ˌpriːkənˈdɪʃən)
 
n
1.  a necessary or required condition; prerequisite
 
vb
2.  (tr) psychol to present successively two stimuli to (an organism) without reinforcement so that they become associated; if a response is then conditioned to the second stimulus on its own, the same response will be evoked by the first stimulus

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precondition
1825, from pre- + condition (q.v.).
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