I need to label two textual conditions in LaTeX. I found some hacks to make them label as equations, but what I want is something like this:

(D1) Some statement
(D2) Some other condition

I have these two conditions under itemize. Is there a consistent way to label and then later refer to these statements without numbering them as equation (1) and (2)?

2 Answers 2


You may be best served by setting up a custom enumerated list using the machinery of the enumitem package.

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\usepackage{enumitem} % for '\newlist' and '\setlist' macros
\newlist{condenum}{enumerate}{1} % 'condenum': a new, enumerate-like list env.
\setlist[condenum]{label=\bfseries Condition \arabic*., 
                   ref=\arabic*, wide}
The following conditions apply:
\item Some statement. \label{cond:some}
\item Some other statement.

A cross-reference to Condition~\ref{cond:some}.

If you want the condition labels to look like (D1), (D2), etc., simply change label=\bfseries Condition \arabic*. to label=(D\arabic*).

  • Thats lovely. May I suggest adding the little modification for future visitors? You can actually customize condenum while calling it because of versatility of enumitem package. I can produce output like (D1) at one call and (T1) at other call. Dec 14, 2016 at 12:24
  • @VishalGupta - Indeed, the enumitem package makes it very straightforward to customize its environments, but up front and "on the fly" later on in the document.
    – Mico
    Dec 14, 2016 at 13:08

Try the following coding with the package "enumitem" for your requirement:

    \item\label{d1} Some statement cross reference: \ref{d1}    
    \item\label{d2} Some other condition cross reference: \ref{d2}


  • Welcome to TeX.SE. Does your suggested solution require the use of any LaTeX packages? If so, which ones?
    – Mico
    Dec 14, 2016 at 11:13
  • No need of any packages.
    – Saravanan
    Dec 14, 2016 at 11:16
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    Are you sure? The [label=(D\arabic*)] code snippet would appear to be in conflict with the default (LaTeX) definition of the enumerate environment.
    – Mico
    Dec 14, 2016 at 11:18
  • Sorry!!! enumitem package used.
    – Saravanan
    Dec 14, 2016 at 11:22
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    You should post fully compilable code rather than code snippets. "Fully compilable" means, in practice, something that starts with \documentclass and ends with \end{document}.
    – Mico
    Dec 14, 2016 at 13:32

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