Definition of proviso in US English:


nounPlural provisos

  • A condition attached to an agreement.

    ‘he left his unborn grandchild a trust fund with the proviso that he be named after the old man’
    • ‘The proviso is that the candidate continues onto either college, or the US military for two years.’
    • ‘Despite Coun Dean's opposition the committee voted through the application, adding provisos about issues such as waste recycling.’
    • ‘Ireland had been fighting to put provisos into the clauses, but had not been insisting that the link between immigration, aid and trade policies be removed.’
    • ‘He had declared his support for the gas but with the proviso that it be brought ashore safely.’
    • ‘One of the provisos stipulates that any money a business receives from its insurance company or as a grant must be turned over immediately to the SBA to pay down the loan.’
    • ‘It is a blanket provision, and there are no exceptions, qualifications or provisos that apply to that offence provision.’
    • ‘Finally I decided to go, with the proviso that I would phone the flatmate myself and judge her reaction.’
    • ‘He said ownership of the car park would be transferred from the council to Samuel Smith's, once the revamp had been completed, but with certain provisos in place.’
    • ‘He said when the Green Dragon was granted a late night entertainment licence, nine provisos were added by Kennet District Council, which is the licensing authority.’
    • ‘Presently, there are provisos within Alberta's child protection laws requiring social workers to be sensitive to Aboriginal issues, particularly in regard to culture and families.’
    • ‘The police allowed her to leave with the proviso that she would return if summoned.’
    • ‘One proviso is that the club have sufficient funds to make it viable, and that is where the fans have stepped in.’
    • ‘On June 2, a licence was finally approved but with the proviso that music would only be played in the bar area.’
    • ‘The only provisos are that you must be able to write competently and coherently (I don't have time to do much editing) and that you must be prepared to post under your real name.’
    • ‘If it were found that abortion was wrong, then better checks and balances would have to be put in place, better counselling would have to be given and certain provisos made.’
    • ‘My contract is for a nominal 37 hours, with the old proviso of being expected to do the hours needed for the job.’
    • ‘James Madison did not draft the Bill of Rights with limiting provisos or riders attached to it.’
    • ‘In fact a buyer was in Australia over that weekend and willing, subject to a few provisos, to purchase Ansett and operate with a staffing level of 10,000.’
    • ‘One of the main provisos of getting it re-opened was to get 15 qualified lifeguards to patrol the popular spot but none have come forward despite applications closing today’
    • ‘She will offer her services for FREE on the proviso that the story can be covered in a future article in Living.’
    condition, stipulation, provision, clause, rider, qualification, restriction, reservation, caveat, limitation
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Late Middle English: from the medieval Latin phrase proviso (quod) ‘it being provided (that)’, from Latin providere ‘foresee, provide’.