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conditional

1. 
a. (of an equation or inequality) true for only certain values of the variable: x2 --1 = x + 1 is a conditional equation, only true for x = 2 or --1
b. (of an infinite series) divergent when the absolute values of the terms are considered
2. Logic (of a proposition) consisting of two component propositions associated by the words if…then so that the proposition is false only when the antecedent is true and the consequent false. Usually written: pq or pq, where p is the antecedent, q the consequent, and → or ⊃ symbolizes implies
3. Logic a conditional proposition

conditional

[kən′dish·ən·əl]
(computer science)
Subject to the result of a comparison made during computation in a computer, or subject to human intervention.
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Our main proposal, which falls within the framework of model theory, is to show that people have in mind different initial representations when they understand and think with the exceptive conditional. Our main claim is that people have an initial dual representation ('B & not-A' and 'not-B & A') with 'B a menos que A' / 'B a no ser que A' while they have an initial single representation ('B & not-A') with 'B excepto si A' / 'B salvo si A' (as Table 1 illustrates).
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