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precondition

[pree-kuh n-dish-uh n] /ˌpri kənˈdɪʃ ən/
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
1910-1915
1910-15; pre- + condition
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precondition

/ˌpriːkənˈdɪʃən/
noun
1.
a necessary or required condition; prerequisite
verb
2.
(transitive) (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

n.

1825, from pre- + condition (n.). As a verb from 1841.

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