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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 did not give him political asylum but stated that the fact that others had done so justified freeing him unconditionally.
  • So-called quantum key distribution is unconditionally secure--it offers perfect secrecy guaranteed by the laws of physics.
  • Yet her contention, backed up by research, that motherhood is a burden seldom embraced unconditionally has profound implications.
  • Mendelsohn should apologize unconditionally for a slur that is as serious as he himself takes it to be.
  • Applicant must have been unconditionally admitted as a student in an accredited program of nursing study.
  • Most importantly she is in need of a family who will make a commitment to her unconditionally.
  • At the expiration of the court-ordered treatment, the patient may be unconditionally released by the treating agency.
  • For decades, both parties voted to raise the debt ceiling unconditionally without a sense of consequence.
British Dictionary definitions for unconditionally


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 unconditionally



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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