Etymology 1Edit

From Latin stipulātus, perfect active participle of stipulor (I demand a guarantee).


  • IPA(key): /ˈstɪpjuˌleɪt/, /ˈstɪpjəˌleɪt/
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stipulate (third-person singular simple present stipulates, present participle stipulating, simple past and past participle stipulated)

  1. (transitive) To require (something) as a condition of a contract or agreement.
    • 2003, Yoko Ogawa, The Housekeeper and the Professor:
      My contract stipulated that I would make dinner for him at six o'clock and leave at seven after finishing the dishes; but the Professor began objecting to this schedule as soon as my son arrived on the scene.
  2. (transitive) To specify, promise or guarantee something in an agreement.
    • 1990, Irene English Shoemaker, Van Buskirk: A Legacy from New Amsterdam:
      Out of special love and affection they stipulate that the survivor shall remain in full possession and use the entire temporal estate which they leave behind and none of the heirs shall demand an account or proof or balance so that the survivor may manage the estate in the manner he or she thinks best.
  3. (transitive, formal, law) To acknowledge the truth of; not to challenge.
    The defense stipulates that the witness has identified my client.
    • 2016 January 1, Elizabeth I. Boals; Shailee D. Sharma, Stanton v. Armstrong: Case File, Aspen Publishers, →ISBN, page 4:
      The parties stipulate that Exhibits 1 through 3 accompanied the initial Verified Complaint and Jury Demand, and that they are displayed in this text in the Exhibits section solely for clarity of the layout.
  4. (intransitive, followed by for) To ask for a contractual term.
    • 2020 March 26, Gaius, Institutes of Roman Law, Jazzybee Verlag, →ISBN:
      Although another person cannot stipulate for us, yet in our stipulations we can associate with ourselves another person who stipulates for the same performance, and is called an adstipulator.
  5. (intransitive, formal, law) To mutually agree.
    • 1999, Steven H. Bazerman; Jason M. Drangel, Guide to Registering Trademarks, Aspen Publishers Online, →ISBN, page 22:
      Parties stipulate to serve discovery and notice discovery depositions no later than 45 days after the opening of discovery, and to respond to discovery within 30 days and take discovery depositions no later than the closing date of discovery.
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Etymology 2Edit

stipule +‎ -ate



stipulate (not comparable)

  1. (botany) Having stipules; that is, having outgrowths borne on either side of the base of the leafstalk.




  1. second-person plural present indicative of stipulare
  2. second-person plural imperative of stipulare
  3. feminine plural of stipulato




  1. vocative masculine singular of stipulātus