Definition of 'only if'
Example sentences containing 'only if'
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Is it that only if this person accepts you you can accept yourself? Times, Sunday Times (2014)Only if the two votes are in agreement will the deal go through. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Say you will try again but only if he gets expert help. 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)You can hang up on a person, but only if he has telephoned. 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)This video is entertaining in many ways; but only if you are old enough to get the joke. Times, Sunday Times (2010)My dad did say he'll sing on the next album but only if he gets around to having singing lessons. 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)In cold father - adolescent pairs, the two stayed together only if they were enjoying themselves. Divergent Realities: the Emotional Lives of Mothers, Fathers, and Adolescents (1994)Further payments will be made, in stages, only if the person finds a job and stays in it. Times, Sunday Times (2011)A general election can occur before May 2015 only if one of two conditions is met. Times, Sunday Times (2011)
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