A medical problem or illness can be referred to as a condition. Your skin condition isn't contagious, but it still looks bad — scabby and scaly. You won't even need makeup to dress as a zombie for Halloween.

A condition is also a requirement or prerequisite for something. As a condition of your acceptance to college, you may have to maintain certain grades and do well on a standardized test. Condition can refer as well to the state or quality of something. The condition of your apartment building might be so appalling that your mail carrier has stopped delivering your mail.

Primary Meanings of condition

a mode of being or form of existence of a person or thing
put into a better state
an assumption on which rests the validity or effect of something else
specify as a condition or requirement in a contract or agreement; make an express demand or provision in an agreement
Full Definitions of condition

n a mode of being or form of existence of a person or thing

“the human condition
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social stratification, stratification
the condition of being arranged in social strata or classes within a group
the expected or commonplace condition or situation
introversion, invagination
the condition of being folded inward or sheathed
the condition of belonging to a particular place or group by virtue of social or ethnic or cultural lineage
lysogenicity, lysogeny
the condition of a host bacterium that has incorporated a phage into its own genetic material
circumstances, destiny, fate, fortune, lot, luck, portion
your overall circumstances or condition in life (including everything that happens to you)
the condition of being amphidiploid
the condition of being diploid
the condition of being haploid
the condition of being heteroploid
the condition of being polyploid
the condition in which an organism has two or more cell populations that differ in genetic makeup
orphanage, orphanhood
the condition of being a child without living parents
the condition of having or being marked by stigmata
condition in which a person assumes the identity and permanently acts the part of the gender opposite to his or her biological sex
good fortune, good luck, luckiness
an auspicious state resulting from favorable outcomes
a manifestation of God's foresightful care for his creatures
bad luck, ill luck, misfortune, tough luck
an unfortunate state resulting from unfavorable outcomes
lack of success
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the way something is with respect to its main attributes

n a state at a particular time

“a condition (or state) of disrepair”
Great Depression
the economic crisis beginning with the stock market crash in 1929 and continuing through the 1930s
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the condition or result of being changeable
the condition of being secured to a base
the general condition of body and mind
modality, mode
a particular functioning condition or arrangement
ecological niche, niche
(ecology) the status of an organism within its environment and community (affecting its survival as a species)
noise conditions
the condition of being noisy (as in a communication channel)
involvement, participation
the condition of sharing in common with others (as fellows or partners etc.)
the condition of being prepossessed
regularisation, regularization
the condition of having been made regular (or more regular)
a condition in which a quantity no longer responds to some external influence
the state of being silent (as when no one is speaking)
position, situation
a condition or position in which you find yourself
ski conditions
the amount and state of snow for skiing
the condition of having been proposed as a suitable candidate for appointment or election
standardisation, standardization
the condition in which a standard has been successfully established
(optics) condition of an optical system (as a lens) in which light rays from a single point converge in a single focal point
astigmatism, astigmia
(optics) defect in an optical system in which light rays from a single point fail to converge in a single focal point
the condition of things generally
a condition that accompanies or influences some event or activity
the state or condition of having no home (especially the state of living in the streets)
the condition of being reinstated
proper or appropriate position or location
an unmarried status
the condition or quality of being a virgin
a state or condition of being innocent of a specific crime or offense
innocence, pureness, purity, sinlessness, whiteness
the state of being unsullied by sin or moral wrong; lacking a knowledge of evil
guilt, guiltiness
the state of having committed an offense
the condition of being enclosed (as in a capsule)
polarisation, polarization
the condition of having or giving polarity
physical condition, physiological condition, physiological state
the condition or state of the body or bodily functions
hyalinisation, hyalinization
the state of being hyaline or having become hyaline
vacuolation, vacuolisation, vacuolization
the state of having become filled with vacuoles
the condition of being protuberant; the condition of bulging out
(medicine) a curving or bending; often abnormal
mental condition, mental state, psychological condition, psychological state
(psychology) a mental condition in which the qualities of a state are relatively constant even though the state itself may be dynamic
a condition or state of affairs almost beyond one's ability to deal with and requiring great effort to bear or overcome
improvement, melioration
a condition superior to an earlier condition
declination, decline
a condition inferior to an earlier condition; a gradual falling off from a better state
the state of being noble
ascendance, ascendancy, ascendence, ascendency, control, dominance
the state that exists when one person or group has power over another
comfort, comfortableness
a state of being relaxed and feeling no pain
discomfort, uncomfortableness
the state of being tense and feeling pain
demand, need
a condition requiring relief
the condition of being filled to capacity
the state of containing nothing
nakedness, nudeness, nudity
the state of being without clothing or covering of any kind
depilation, hairlessness
the condition of being void of hair
deshabille, dishabille
the state of being carelessly or partially dressed
full of hope
despair, desperation
a state in which all hope is lost or absent
pureness, purity
being undiluted or unmixed with extraneous material
impureness, impurity
the condition of being impure
financial condition
the condition of (corporate or personal) finances
economic condition
the condition of the economy
sanitary condition
the state of sanitation (clean or dirty)
the state of aggregation of soil and its condition for supporting plant growth
order, orderliness
a condition of regular or proper arrangement
disorder, disorderliness
a condition in which things are not in their expected places
normalcy, normality
being within certain limits that define the range of normal functioning
presence of lactose in the urine; can occur during pregnancy or lactation
environmental condition
the state of the environment
climate, mood
the prevailing psychological state
ambiance, ambience, atmosphere
a particular environment or surrounding influence
immunity, unsusceptibility
the state of not being susceptible
immunity, resistance
(medicine) the condition in which an organism can resist disease
the condition of being something that is useful in reaching an end or carrying out a plan
susceptibility, susceptibleness
the state of being susceptible; easily affected
the condition of containing or being covered by a liquid (especially water)
dryness, waterlessness, xerotes
the condition of not containing or being covered by a liquid (especially water)
the state of being certain that adverse effects will not be caused by some agent under defined conditions
the condition of being susceptible to harm or injury
tautness, tenseness, tension, tensity
the physical condition of being stretched or strained
amyotonia, atonia, atonicity, atony
lack of normal muscular tension or tonus
laxity, laxness
the condition of being physiologically lax
a formal way of referring to the condition of something
a state or condition free from damage or decay
muteness, mutism
the condition of being unable or unwilling to speak
eye condition
the condition of the optical properties of the eye
a condition of damage or decay
the condition of being improper
dark, darkness, iniquity, wickedness
absence of moral or spiritual values
illumination, light
a condition of spiritual awareness; divine illumination
any unwholesome or desperate condition
the condition of being serrated
the condition of being formally forgiven by a priest in the sacrament of penance
the condition of being automatically operated or controlled
brutalisation, brutalization
the condition of being treated in a cruel and savage manner
the condition of being strongly disapproved of
the condition of being treated like a god
the condition of being varied
the condition of being relieved from blame or obligation
the condition of being made easy (or easier)
the condition of being formed into small tight curls
the condition of bearing fruit
hospitalisation, hospitalization
the condition of being treated as a patient in a hospital
the condition of having the identity (of a person or object) established
the condition of being pressed closely together and firmly fixed
ionisation, ionization
the condition of being dissociated into ions (as by heat or radiation or chemical reaction or electrical discharge)
the condition of being exposed to radiation
the condition of permitting leaks or leakage
the condition of having been made smooth or slippery by the application of a lubricant
mechanisation, mechanization
the condition of having a highly technical implementation
the condition of being motivated
a condition resembling that of a mummy
the condition of being (well or ill) preserved
the condition of being prognathous; the condition of having a projecting jaw
the condition naturally attaching to life in the country
the condition of being coated or clogged with rust
scandalisation, scandalization
the condition of being shocked (as by improper behavior)
the condition of having submitted to control by someone or something else
urbanisation, urbanization
the condition of being urbanized
cognitive state, state of mind
the state of a person's cognitive processes
a periodic state during which you are conscious and aware of the world
easy money
the economic condition in which credit is easy to secure
tight money
the economic condition in which credit is difficult to secure and interest rates are high
saturation point
(chemistry) the stage at which a substance will receive no more of another substance in solution or in a vapor
place, shoes
a particular situation
poverty trap
a situation in which an increase in income results in a loss of benefits so that you are no better off
an unfortunate situation
stymie, stymy
a situation in golf where an opponent's ball blocks the line between your ball and the hole
the state of wandering from place to place; having no permanent home or means of livelihood
case, event
a special set of circumstances
a circumstance upon which subsequent events depend
playing field
the circumstances under which competition occurs
the state of being bloody
(immunology) the degree to which the body's immune system will try to reject foreign material (as transfused blood or transplanted tissue)
blamelessness, guiltlessness, inculpability, inculpableness
a state of innocence
without moral defects
the state of being free of suspicion
blameworthiness, culpability, culpableness
a state of guilt
the state of being guilty of bloodshed and murder
guilt as an accomplice in a crime or offense
criminalism, criminality, criminalness
the state of being a criminal
guilt by association
the attribution of guilt (without proof) to individuals because the people they associate with are guilty
impeachability, indictability
the state of being liable to impeachment
the state of the economy declines; a widespread decline in the GDP and employment and trade lasting from six months to a year
an inability to retain bodily secretions
dilation and enlargement of arterioles
torpidity, torpor
a state of motor and mental inactivity with a partial suspension of sensibility
frame of mind, state of mind
a temporary psychological state
agalactia, agalactosis
a condition in which milk is not secreted in the mother's breasts after her child has been delivered
anaesthesia, anesthesia
loss of bodily sensation with or without loss of consciousness
anhidrosis, anhydrosis
failure of the sweat glands
a state of heightened physiological activity
sleep, slumber
a natural and periodic state of rest during which consciousness of the world is suspended
sleep, sopor
a torpid state resembling deep sleep
aboulia, abulia
a loss of will power
an inability to experience pleasure
depersonalisation, depersonalization
(existentialism) a loss of personal identity; a feeling of being an anonymous cog in an impersonal social machine
a state that resembles sleep but that is induced by suggestion
a dreamlike state of altered consciousness that may last for hours or days
a physiological state corresponding to a strong need or desire
breakdown of elastic tissue (as the loss of elasticity in the skin of elderly people that results from degeneration of connective tissue)
flatulence, flatulency, gas
a state of excessive gas in the alimentary canal
flection, flexion, flexure
the state of being flexed (as of a joint)
estrus, heat, oestrus, rut
applies to nonhuman mammals: a state or period of heightened sexual arousal and activity
anestrum, anestrus, anoestrum, anoestrus
applies to nonhuman mammals: a state or interval of sexual inactivity between two periods of estrus
hypercapnia, hypercarbia
the physical condition of having the presence of an abnormally high level of carbon dioxide in the circulating blood
acapnia, hypocapnia
a state in which the level of carbon dioxide in the blood is lower than normal; can result from deep or rapid breathing
a condition in which insufficient or no oxygen and carbon dioxide are exchanged on a ventilatory basis; caused by choking or drowning or electric shock or poison gas
oxygen debt
a cumulative deficit of oxygen resulting from intense exercise; the deficit must be made up when the body returns to rest
hyperthermia, hyperthermy
abnormally high body temperature; sometimes induced (as in treating some forms of cancer)
normal body temperature
subnormal body temperature
the physiological state of having or consisting of muscle
any muscular weakness
infertility, sterility
the state of being unable to produce offspring; in a woman it is an inability to conceive; in a man it is an inability to impregnate
false pregnancy, pseudocyesis
physiological state in which a woman exhibits symptoms of pregnancy but is not pregnant
gestation, maternity, pregnancy
the state of being pregnant; the period from conception to birth when a woman carries a developing fetus in her uterus
rigor mortis
temporary stiffness of joints and muscular rigidity occurring after death
vitalisation, vitalization
the state of being vitalized and filled with life
good health, healthiness
the state of being vigorous and free from bodily or mental disease
fecundity, fertility
the state of being fertile; capable of producing offspring
potence, potency
the state of being potent; a male's capacity to have sexual intercourse
pathological state
a physical condition that is caused by disease
disorder, upset
a physical condition in which there is a disturbance of normal functioning
the state of having cells
addiction, dependance, dependence, dependency, habituation
being abnormally tolerant to and dependent on something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming (especially alcohol or narcotic drugs)
suspended animation
a temporary cessation of vital functions with loss of consciousness resembling death; usually resulting from asphyxia
a state in which an animal's metabolic activities come to a reversible standstill
dilatation, distension, distention
the state of being stretched beyond normal dimensions
(ophthalmology) the normal refractive condition of the eye in which there is clear focus of light on the retina
psychic trauma, trauma
an emotional wound or shock often having long-lasting effects
a state of reduced excitement or anxiety that is induced by the administrative of a sedative agent
unusual darkening of the skin
unusual lack of skin color
a condition in which no mucus in produced
a state of individual psychological well-being based upon a sense of confidence and usefulness and purpose
anxiety, anxiousness
(psychiatry) a relatively permanent state of worry and nervousness occurring in a variety of mental disorders, usually accompanied by compulsive behavior or attacks of panic
a mental state in which the person has continual hallucinations
identity crisis
distress and disorientation (especially in adolescence) resulting from conflicting pressures and uncertainty about one's self and one's role in society
nerves, nervousness
an uneasy psychological state
delusion, psychotic belief
(psychology) an erroneous belief that is held in the face of evidence to the contrary
mental health
the psychological state of someone who is functioning at a satisfactory level of emotional and behavioral adjustment
mental disease, mental illness, psychopathy
any disease of the mind; the psychological state of someone who has emotional or behavioral problems serious enough to require psychiatric intervention
a mental state of extreme emotional disturbance
a mental state characterized by a pessimistic sense of inadequacy and a despondent lack of activity
an exhilarating psychological state of pride and optimism; an absence of depression
cold sweat
the physical condition of concurrent perspiration and chill; associated with fear
annoyance, botheration, irritation, vexation
the psychological state of being irritated or annoyed
enchantment, spell, trance
a psychological state induced by (or as if induced by) a magical incantation
an unpleasant difficulty
plight, predicament, quagmire, quandary
a situation from which extrication is difficult especially an unpleasant or trying one
a difficult entangling situation
a painful or straitened circumstance
fix, hole, jam, kettle of fish, mess, muddle, pickle
informal terms for a difficult situation
hard time, rough sledding
a difficulty that can be overcome with effort
strain, stress
difficulty that causes worry or emotional tension
a difficulty or embarrassment that is hard to extricate yourself from
job, problem
a state of difficulty that needs to be resolved
a complex or critical or unusual difficulty
disassociation, dissociation
a state in which some integrated part of a person's life becomes separated from the rest of the personality and functions independently
an improvement that adds to the value of a property or facility
a state in which things are improving; the result of developing (as in the early part of a game of chess)
disuse, neglect
the state of something that has been unused and neglected
a condition of decline following successes
something or someone that has suffered ruin or dilapidation
improvement (or an intended improvement) in the existing form or condition of institutions or practices etc.; intended to make a striking change for the better in social or political or religious affairs
refurbishment, renovation, restoration
the state of being restored to its former good condition
ascendant, ascendent
position or state of being dominant or in control
domination, mastery, supremacy
power to dominate or defeat
predominance, predomination, prepotency
the state of being predominant over others
dominion, rule
dominance or power through legal authority
the state of being controlled or governed
absolutism, despotism, tyranny
dominance through threat of punishment and violence
exclusive control or possession of something
ease, relief
the condition of being comfortable or relieved (especially after being relieved of distress)
solace, solacement
comfort in disappointment or misery
cosiness, coziness, snugness
a state of warm snug comfort
the state of being suitable or opportune
incommodiousness, inconvenience
an inconvenient discomfort
malaise, unease, uneasiness
physical discomfort (as mild sickness or depression)
hangover, katzenjammer
disagreeable aftereffects from the use of drugs (especially alcohol)
the character of being uncomfortable and unpleasant
deficiency, lack, want
the state of needing something that is absent or unavailable
the condition of being essential or indispensable
repletion, satiation, satiety
the state of being satisfactorily full and unable to take on more
excess, overabundance, surfeit
the state of being more than full
state of having the interior filled with matter
the state of being invaded or overrun by parasites
the state of being blank; void; emptiness
the state of being hollow: having an empty space within
being unoccupied
vacuity, vacuum
the absence of matter
without clothing (especially in the phrase `in the nude')
altogether, birthday suit, raw
informal terms for nakedness
partial or complete nakedness
the state of being unclothed and exposed (especially of a part of the body)
baldness, phalacrosis
the condition of having no hair on the top of the head
not wearing a jacket
the ability to meet maturing obligations as they come due
the lack of financial resources
a state of confident hopefulness that events will be favorable
anticipation, expectation
anticipating with confidence of fulfillment
the state of being unmixed with other material
adulteration, debasement
being mixed with extraneous material; the product of adulterating
admixture, alloy
the state of impairing the quality or reducing the value of something
contamination, taint
the state of being contaminated
the state of containing dirty impurities
the state of being putrid
credit crunch, liquidity crisis, squeeze
a state in which there is a short supply of cash to lend to businesses and consumers and interest rates are high
depression, economic crisis, slump
a long-term economic state characterized by unemployment and low prices and low levels of trade and investment
full employment
the economic condition when everyone who wishes to work at the going wage rate for their type of labor is employed
an economic state of growth with rising profits and full employment
a state of declining economic condition
wealth, wealthiness
the state of being rich and affluent; having a plentiful supply of material goods and money
impoverishment, poorness, poverty
the state of having little or no money and few or no material possessions
an economic condition that results in the elimination of marginally financed participants in an industry
wage setter
any economic condition or variable that serves to set wage rates
the state of being conducive to health
a state that is not conducive to health
the state of being clean; without dirt or other impurities
spit and polish
careful attention to order and appearance (as in the military)
kelter, kilter
in working order
the habit of being tidy
a condition of great disorder
dirtiness, uncleanness
the state of being unsanitary
the condition of being untidy
mess, messiness, muss, mussiness
a state of confusion and disorderliness
disarrangement, disorganisation, disorganization
a condition in which an orderly system has been disrupted
clutter, fuddle, jumble, mare's nest, muddle, smother, welter
a confused multitude of things
the state of being that is average; indicates normality but with connotations of mediocrity
commonness, expectedness
the state of being that is commonly observed
the state of being that is typical
abnormalcy, abnormality
an abnormal physical condition resulting from defective genes or developmental deficiencies
blockage, obstruction
the physical condition of blocking or filling a passage with an obstruction
intoxication, poisoning, toxic condition
the physiological state produced by a poison or other toxic substance
undesirable state of the natural environment being contaminated with harmful substances as a consequence of human activities
condition in which the earth's surface is worn away by the action of water and wind
the state of being clear of trees
the condition of having reduced numbers of inhabitants (or no inhabitants at all)
climate, clime
the weather in some location averaged over some long period of time
the condition of being covered with glaciers or masses of ice; the result of glacial action
the environmental condition in a region that lacks a favorable climate or terrain for life or growth
meteorological conditions
the prevailing environmental conditions as they influence the prediction of weather
genius loci
the special atmosphere of a place
gloom, gloominess, glumness
an atmosphere of depression and melancholy
miasm, miasma
an unwholesome atmosphere
feel, feeling, flavor, flavour, look, smell, spirit, tone
the general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people
the property of eliciting an immune response
acquired immunity
immunity to a particular disease that is not innate but has been acquired during life; immunity can be acquired by the development of antibodies after an attack of an infectious disease or by a pregnant mother passing antibodies through the placenta to a fetus or by vaccination
innate immunity, natural immunity
immunity to disease that occurs as part of an individual's natural biologic makeup
exemption, freedom
immunity from an obligation or duty
the state of being legally obliged and responsible
capability, capacity
the susceptibility of something to a particular treatment
predisposition, sensitivity
susceptibility to a pathogen
ready susceptibility to chemical change
susceptibility or responsiveness to suggestion
muddiness, sloppiness, wateriness
the wetness of ground that is covered or soaked with water
moisture, wet
wetness caused by water
humidity, humidness
wetness in the atmosphere
damp, dampness, moistness
a slight wetness
a heavy wetness
dehydration, desiccation
dryness resulting from the removal of water
drought, drouth
a shortage of rainfall
aridity, aridness, thirstiness
a deficiency of moisture (especially when resulting from a permanent absence of rainfall)
a withered dryness
conjunctivitis arida, xeroma, xerophthalmia, xerophthalmus
abnormal dryness of the conjunctiva and cornea of the eyes; may be due to a systemic deficiency of vitamin A
dry mouth, xerostomia
abnormal dryness of the mouth resulting from decreased secretion of saliva
safety from exposure to infectious agents
safety as a consequence of entailing no risk
impregnability, invulnerability
having the strength to withstand attack
the state of being saved or preserved from harm
the state of being free from danger or injury
clear and present danger
a standard for judging when freedom of speech can be abridged
hazardousness, perilousness
the state of being dangerous
the state of being subject to danger or injury
peril, riskiness
a state of danger involving risk
exposure, vulnerability
the state of being vulnerable or exposed
tone, tonicity, tonus
the elastic tension of living muscles, arteries, etc. that facilitate response to stimuli
fitness, seaworthiness
fitness to traverse the seas
fitness to fly
deaf-muteness, deaf-mutism
congenital deafness that results in inability to speak
absence of the sense of pain without loss of consciousness
difference in the refractive power of the two eyes
equality of refractive power in the two eyes
the state of being in poor condition or in need of repair
an inferior state resulting from the process of decaying
disgusting wickedness and immorality
urinary hesitancy
difficulty in beginning the flow of urine; associated with prostate enlargement in men and with narrowing of the urethral opening in women; may be caused by emotional stress in either men or women
a difficult or awkward situation
insufficient spermatozoa in the semen
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the way something is with respect to its main attributes

n the state of (good) health (especially in the phrases `in condition' or `in shape' or `out of condition' or `out of shape')

fitness, physical fitness
good physical condition; being in shape or in condition
a state of fitness and good health
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good health, healthiness
the state of being vigorous and free from bodily or mental disease

n an illness, disease, or other medical problem

“a heart condition
“a skin condition
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illness, malady, sickness, unwellness
impairment of normal physiological function affecting part or all of an organism

n the procedure that is varied in order to estimate a variable's effect by comparison with a control condition

experimental condition
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procedure, process
a particular course of action intended to achieve a result

v put into a better state

“he conditions old cars”
bring into an improved condition
Type of:
ameliorate, amend, better, improve, meliorate
to make better

v develop (children's) behavior by instruction and practice; especially to teach self-control

check, discipline, train
groom, prepare, train
educate for a future role or function
practice self-denial of one's body and appetites
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develop, make grow
cause to grow and differentiate in ways conforming to its natural development

v establish a conditioned response

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instruct, learn, teach
impart skills or knowledge to

v apply conditioner to in order to make smooth and shiny

“I condition my hair after washing it”
Type of:
use shampoo on (hair)

n an assumption on which rests the validity or effect of something else

precondition, stipulation
boundary condition
(mathematics) a condition specified for the solution to a set of differential equations
provision, proviso
a stipulated condition
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assumption, premise, premiss
a statement that is assumed to be true and from which a conclusion can be drawn

n (usually plural) a statement of what is required as part of an agreement

“the contract set out the conditions of the lease”
Type of:
a message that is stated or declared; a communication (oral or written) setting forth particulars or facts etc

n information that should be kept in mind when making a decision

circumstance, consideration
something (such as a fact or circumstance) that shows an action to be reasonable or necessary
mitigating circumstance
(law) a circumstance that does not exonerate a person but which reduces the penalty associated with the offense
Type of:
knowledge acquired through study or experience or instruction

v specify as a condition or requirement in a contract or agreement; make an express demand or provision in an agreement

qualify, specify, stipulate
give a guarantee or promise of
determine (what is to happen in certain contingencies), especially by including a proviso condition or stipulation
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contract, undertake
enter into a contractual arrangement

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