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only if



Definitions

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only if
     1. conj. Not unless; used to introduce a necessary condition.
           The company will succeed only if it has sufficient backing.
Analysis
only
     1. adj. Alone in a category.
           He is the only doctor for miles.
           The only people in the stadium were the fans: no players, coaches, or officials.
           That was the only time I went to Turkey.
     2. adj. Singularly superior; the best.
if
     1. conj. Supposing that, assuming that, in the circumstances that; used to introduce a condition or choice.
           If it rains, I shall get wet.
     2. conj. (computing) In the event that a statement is true (a programming statement that acts in a similar manner).
           If A, then B, else C.
     3. conj. Supposing that; used with past or past perfect subjunctive indicating that the condition is closed.

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They were created only if they had jobs to do, a spokesman said. 
Only if you happen to know something about child psychology. 
Only if it perceives that a poor stewardship record constitutes a threat to its own health will the investment industry really transform itself. 

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