unconditional

Whether it’s love, support, or surrender, if something’s unconditional it’s absolute and not subject to any special terms or conditions: it’ll happen no matter what else happens.

Breaking apart the word unconditional can help you remember its meaning. Combine the prefix un-, meaning “not,” with conditional, meaning "dependent on something else," and you get an adjective for something that holds true without any conditions attached. The unconditional forgiveness you promised your brother means you forgive him no matter what. You’re not attaching any requirements — like you’ll only forgive him if he’s nicer to you or pays you money. You just forgive him — it's absolute.

Definitions of unconditional
  1. adjective
    not conditional
    unconditional surrender”
    synonyms: unconditioned
    blunt, crude, stark
    devoid of any qualifications or disguise or adornment
    vested
    fixed and absolute and without contingency
    unqualified
    not limited or restricted
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    Antonyms:
    conditional
    imposing or depending on or containing a condition
    contrary to fact, counterfactual
    going counter to the facts (usually as a hypothesis)
    contingent, contingent on, contingent upon, dependant on, dependant upon, dependent on, dependent upon, depending on
    determined by conditions or circumstances that follow
    dependant, dependent, qualified
    contingent on something else
    probationary, provisional, provisionary, tentative
    under terms not final or fully worked out or agreed upon
    provisory
    subject to a proviso
    qualified
    limited or restricted; not absolute
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  2. adjective
    not modified or restricted by reservations
    synonyms: categoric, categorical, flat
    unqualified
    not limited or restricted
  3. adjective
    not contingent; not determined or influenced by someone or something else
    Synonyms:
    independent
    free from external control and constraint
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