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Example sentence:

This book is sold subject to the condition that it shall not, by way of trade or otherwise, be lent, re-sold, hired out or otherwise circulated without the publisher’s prior consent in any form of binding or cover other than that in which it is published and without a similar condition including this condition being imposed on the subsequent purchaser.

I don't quite understand the grammar behind the is sold subject to part. Is subject to the condition that... used as some kind of adverbial construct? If so, then I believe I can ask the following question:

How is this book sold?

And receive the following answer:

It is sold subject to the condition that you are not allowed to make copies of it and redistribute it.

Is my understanding correct?

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It just means "This book is sold on condition that ___" in legalese.

Your understanding is correct.

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