Why vs Condition - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between why and condition

is that why is reason or why can be (uk|dialect) a young heifer while condition is a logical clause or phrase that a conditional statement uses the phrase can either be true or false.

As an adverb why

is for what cause, reason, or purpose.

As an interjection why

is an exclamation used to express indignation, mild surprise, or impatience "well, i'll tell you".

As a verb condition is

to subject to the process of acclimation.



(wikipedia why)

Etymology 1

From (etyl), from (etyl) . See (l).


  • For what cause, reason, or purpose.
  • #
  • Why is the sky blue?
  • Why did you do that?
  • I don’t know why he did that
  • Tell me why the moon changes phase.
  • #
  • Why spend money on something you already get for free?
  • Why not tell him how you feel?
  • #
  • Why''' him? '''Why not someone taller?
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-07-20, volume=408, issue=8845, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Welcome to the plastisphere , passage=Plastics are energy-rich substances, which is why many of them burn so readily. Any organism that could unlock and use that energy would do well in the Anthropocene. Terrestrial bacteria and fungi which can manage this trick are already familiar to experts in the field.}}
    * how come, wherefore


    (en noun)
  • reason
  • A good article will cover the who, the what, the when, the where, the why and the how .
    * wherefore


    (en interjection)
  • An exclamation used to express indignation, mild surprise, or impatience. "Well, I'll tell you...".
  • * Daniel Defoe
  • Why , child, I tell thee if I was thy mother I would not disown thee; don't you see I am as kind to you as if I was your mother?”
    Derived terms
    * whyever * why in God's name * why not * why on Earth * whys and wherefores * why the Devil * why the dickens * why the fuck

    Etymology 2


  • (UK, dialect) A young heifer.
  • (Grose)






    (en noun)
  • A logical clause or phrase that a conditional statement uses. The phrase can either be true or false.
  • A requirement, term or requisite.
  • (legal) A clause in a contract or agreement indicating that a certain contingency may modify the principal obligation in some way.
  • The health status of a medical patient.
  • The state or quality.
  • *
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=4 , passage=Mr. Cooke at once began a tirade against the residents of Asquith for permitting a sandy and generally disgraceful condition of the roads. So roundly did he vituperate the inn management in particular, and with such a loud flow of words, that I trembled lest he should be heard on the veranda.}}
  • A particular state of being.
  • (obsolete) The situation of a person or persons, particularly their social and/or economic class, rank.
  • A man of his condition has no place to make request.


    * (the health or state of something) fettle

    Derived terms

    * conditional * condition subsequent * human condition * in condition * interesting condition * mint condition * necessary condition * precondition * statement of condition * sufficient condition


    (en verb)
  • To subject to the process of acclimation.
  • I became conditioned to the absence of seasons in San Diego.
  • To subject to different conditions, especially as an exercise.
  • They were conditioning their shins in their karate class.
  • To place conditions or limitations upon.
  • * Tennyson
  • Seas, that daily gain upon the shore, / Have ebb and flow conditioning their march.
  • To shape the behaviour of someone to do something.
  • To treat (the hair) with hair conditioner.
  • To contract; to stipulate; to agree.
  • * Beaumont and Fletcher
  • Pay me back my credit, / And I'll condition with ye.
  • * Sir Walter Raleigh
  • It was conditioned between Saturn and Titan, that Saturn should put to death all his male children.
  • To test or assay, as silk (to ascertain the proportion of moisture it contains).
  • (McElrath)
  • (US, colleges, transitive) To put under conditions; to require to pass a new examination or to make up a specified study, as a condition of remaining in one's class or in college.
  • to condition a student who has failed in some branch of study
  • To impose upon an object those relations or conditions without which knowledge and thought are alleged to be impossible.
  • * Sir W. Hamilton
  • To think of a thing is to condition .

    Derived terms

    * air-condition * conditioner * precondition * recondition


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