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[uhn-kuh n-dish-uh-nl] /ˌʌn kənˈdɪʃ ə nl/
not limited by conditions; absolute:
an unconditional promise.
Mathematics, absolute (def 12).
Origin of unconditional
1660-70; un-1 + conditional
Related forms
unconditionally, adverb
unconditionalness, unconditionality, noun
1. complete, unqualified, categorical. Unabridged
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  • It was a precautionary and unconditional overdraft offered only to top-quality borrowers, say officials.
  • It reaffirms my desire to help these warm hearted, unconditional loving creatures.
  • She and all those who care for her deserve unconditional support.
  • Great job from the entire crew by offering that unconditional help with an unfazed effort.
  • There will be neither rest nor tranquility in the world until unconditional life is granted to all its citizens.
  • Both approaches-unconditional engagement and unconditional disengagement-are likely to fail.
  • No other terms than unconditional and immediate surrender can be accepted.
  • Do not, however, understand this as an announcement of dogmatic lectures which demand your unconditional belief.
  • No terms except an unconditional and immediate surrender can be accepted.
  • But its favour, never unconditional, seems to be shifting.
British Dictionary definitions for unconditional


without conditions or limitations; total: unconditional surrender
(maths) (of an equality) true for all values of the variable: (x+1)>x is an unconditional equality
Derived Forms
unconditionally, adverb
unconditionalness, unconditionality, noun
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Word Origin and History for unconditional

1660s, from un- (1) "not" + conditional. Related: Unconditionally. Unconditional surrender in the military sense is attested from 1730; in U.S., often associated with Civil War Gen. Ulysses S. Grant and the taking of Fort Donelson.

The ringing phrase of Grant's latest despatch circulated through the North like some coinage fresh from the mint, and "Unconditional Surrender," which suited the initials of his modest signature, became like a baptismal name. [James Schouler, "History of the United States of America," Dodd, Mead & Co., 1899].

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