One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Subject to a proviso; conditional.
contingent, dependent, qualified, with conditions, with conditions attached, with reservations, limited, restrictive, provisionalView synonyms
- ‘The Company also was loaned $409000 from IIBI in the form of a provisory note to cover the Company's short-term cash flow needs.’
- ‘The provisory decree (medida provisoria) creating the public broadcasting system must be approved by Congress before becoming law.’
provisional, unconfirmed, unsettled, indefinite, pencilled in, preliminary, to be confirmed, tbc, subject to confirmationView synonyms
- ‘Due to the fact that the reorganisation of dioceses in the East had been considered since 1945 as a provisory structure, the Catholic Church envisaged from 1990 a new diocesan map, which would not concern itself exclusively with the East.’
- ‘Tents and wooden structures, an entire provisory village, surrounded the outskirts of the open height of the central site.’
- ‘The cold and warm vessel are leak tested using provisory covers.’
Early 17th century: from French provisoire or medieval Latin provisorius, from provis- ‘foreseen, attended to’, from the verb providere (see provide).
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