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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."

    From: http://www.businessdictionary.com/definition/terms-and-conditions.html#ixzz2Q2CiPNfI

    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.

    antman,

    The phrase "terms and conditions of the conract" is a set legal phrase. It has the same meaning as "terms of the contract". This is because all conditions are also terms.

    A term is a specified provision in a contract also called a clause. It describes the rights and duties of the parties to the contract.
    For example,
    1.1 The tenant agrees to pay the rent by the 1st of each month.
    1.2 The tenant agrees not to keep any pets.
    2.1 The landlord agrees to keep the premises in good repair.

    If a term of a contract is violated it is cause for legal action, but not necessarily cause for cancellation of the contract.
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    A condition is a term whose fulfillment determines the rights or duties of the parties to the contract.
    For example,
    3.1 The tenant must be at least 18 years of age.
    3.2 The tenant must be a legal resident of the U.S.

    If the conditions are not met, it can be cause for cancellation of the contract.

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