Definition of 'only if'
Example sentences containing 'only if'
Is it that only if this person accepts you you can accept yourself?Times, Sunday Times (2014) Times, Sunday Times (2012) The Sun (2012)
The courts are considering allowing them to return to their mum but only if she gets things under control.The Sun (2011)
But only if he gets picked.Times, Sunday Times (2012) Going For It!: How to Succeed As an Entrepreneur (1986)
Only if they get on top on day one at Edgbaston.Times, Sunday Times (2015)
Again, you get it only if you are married.Times, Sunday Times (2016) Times, Sunday Times (2010)
One person can control another only if that person allows it - a slippery slope to abuse and unhappiness.Times, Sunday Times (2010) Times, Sunday Times (2013)
To avoid false alarms, a message is sent to an emergency call centre only if at least two sensors are triggered.Times, Sunday Times (2006)
Those eligible will be considered for a bonus linked to a third runway at Heathrow only if the other two targets are met.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
It need not be that way; but only if the persons concerned understand that there is more to a relationship than flowers.Times, Sunday Times (2010)
Only if they win two will the issue be resolved before the final afternoon - and it will be difficult for a tiring squad.Times, Sunday Times (2009) Divergent Realities: the Emotional Lives of Mothers, Fathers, and Adolescents (1994) Times, Sunday Times (2011)
Yes, it is best if children can be raised by two parents but only if they are in a happy, respectful relationship.The Sun (2013)
A general election can occur before May 2015 only if one of two conditions is met.Times, Sunday Times (2011)
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Definition of only if from the Collins English Dictionary
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