provisory

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EtymologyEdit

from proviso from Middle English, from the Middle Latin loose ablative proviso quid 'provided that'; notably from the first word, being the inflected past particple provisus of providere 'to provide, see to', itself from pro- + videre 'to see') + -ory

AdjectiveEdit

provisory (comparative more provisory, superlative most provisory)

  1. containing (a) proviso(es)
    The provisory clause effectively excluded his otherwise logical heirs from his main inheritance
  2. dependent on a condition (proviso)
    A provisory guarantee is rather like blackmail
  3. pending something more permanent

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Last modified on 17 April 2014, at 14:50