I would like to pose the following question:
does the expression "without one X"
- mean unambiguously "without any X",
- mean unambiguously "without a(n) X" or
- can have both meanings and thus is an odd and ambiguous expression which should best be avoided?
To clarify my query, I will provide a practical example: if a legal act provides for a number of conditions, and then goes on saying that, under special circumstances, something can be done "without one condition being respected", how would you understand this last sentence? Meaning 1) "even if NONE of the above conditions is respected" or 2) "even if ONE of the above conditions is not respected"? Or is it 3) grammatically unclear?
Thank you very much in advance for your help!