A condition that must exist or be established before something can occur or be considered; a prerequisite: a precondition for peace.
tr.v. pre·con·di·tioned, pre·con·di·tion·ing, pre·con·di·tions
To condition, train, or accustom in advance: “His ideas … preconditioned him to expect defeat” (Lawrence G. Smith).
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