Definition of unconditioned in English:



  • 1Not subject to conditions or to an antecedent condition; unconditional.

    ‘pure and unconditioned love’
    • ‘The key to reconciling the radically separate individual with God and the world was suppression of the distinction between God and unconditioned individual subjectivity.’
    • ‘Emerson could neither accept his dependence on things that forever exceeded him nor identify fully with the unconditioned subjectivity that remains at the fringes of awareness.’
    • ‘This is perhaps what renders an actor mad, seeing in her or himself the subject of a pure possibility, of the eventual and unconditioned emergence of an unknown movement or affect.’
    • ‘Natural affections may not provide a sufficient explanation; evolutionary psychologists tell us that parents love children as extensions of themselves rather than as unconditioned ends.’
    • ‘‘They impart joy, beauty and much needed unconditioned peace’, says the painter.’
  • 2Relating to or denoting instinctive reflexes or other behavior not formed or influenced by conditioning or learning.

    ‘an unconditioned response’
    • ‘Impulses include what we would call today drives, appetites, instincts, and unconditioned reflexes.’
    • ‘Before one can conclude that immune activation differentially affects conditioned and unconditioned behavior, further assessments of these two classes of behavior are necessary.’
    • ‘Most researchers evaluating a motivational interpretation of sickness behavior have assessed the effects of sickness on unconditioned behavior, such as food intake.’
    • ‘The responses - casual, unconditioned, and conditioned - depend on the actual absolute level of skin conductance; typically the higher the level, the higher the response amplitude.’
    • ‘The skin conductance response (i.e., unconditioned response) to electric shock stimuli does not habituate, even after many trials.’
    instinctive, involuntary, unconscious, reflex, knee-jerk, reflexive, instinctual, subconscious, unconditioned
  • 3Not subjected to a conditioning process.

    ‘waste in its raw, unconditioned form’
    • ‘The drywall ceiling serves as the separation between conditioned space and unconditioned space.’
    • ‘But don't allow unconditioned leather to get soaking wet, and always condition it afterwards.’



/ˌənkənˈdiSHənd/ /ˌənkənˈdɪʃənd/