Conditional Statement
Pronunciation: /kənˈdɪ ʃə nl ˈsteɪt mənt/ ?
The statement, "If A then B,"
is a conditional statement.^{[1]} It says the B
is true whenever A is true. In this statement A
is the
condition or
criterion.
B is the claim.
Example
"If a triangle is equilateral, all the angles are equal."
"A triangle is equilateral" is the condition.
"All the angles are equal" is the claim.
References
- conditional. merriam-webster.com. Encyclopedia Britannica. (Accessed: 2010-01-05). http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conditional.
- Gardner, Martin. Logic Machines and Diagrams, pg 64. McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1958. (Accessed: 2010-01-18). http://www.archive.org/stream/logicmachinesand027474mbp#page/n77/mode/1up/search/conditional.
- Lightfoot, Rev. John. Elementary Logic for University and Certificate , pg 43-44. Ralph, Holland & Co., 1905. (Accessed: 2010-01-18). http://www.archive.org/stream/elementarylogicf00lighrich#page/43/mode/1up/search/conditional.
Cite this article as:
Conditional Statement. 2010-01-18. All Math Words Encyclopedia. Life is a Story Problem LLC. http://www.allmathwords.org/en/c/conditionalstatement.html.
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