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The Terms in "Terms and Conditions"

What does the word terms in "terms and conditions" mean?
Does it also mean conditions? If so, how are terms and conditions different?

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    Terms are definite.

    The cost of this service is $99.

    Conditions are not definite (there are possible consequences).

    The cost of this service is $99, if you complete the task by April 21st. If you do not complete the assignment by this time, you will be charged an additional 25% per week.


    "Terms and conditions" is a *fixed phrase* used for contracts. While there may be some technical, legal difference between a "term" and a "condition," the phrase is usually taken as a whole ("terms and conditions") to mean:

    "General and special arrangements, provisions, requirements, rules, specifications, and standards that form an integral part of an agreement or contract."


    In other words, there is no need to define what "term" means and what "condition" means. The two words go together as fixed phrase and cover everything in a contract. There is no need, or use, in trying to separate "terms" from "conditions." The two words go together in this fixed business and legal phrase.

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