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precondition (n.)

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

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Definitions of precondition from WordNet
1
precondition (n.)
an assumption on which rests the validity or effect of something else;
Synonyms: condition / stipulation
precondition (n.)
an assumption that is taken for granted;
Synonyms: given / presumption
precondition (n.)
a condition that is a prerequisite;
2
precondition (v.)
put into the required condition beforehand;
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