- a clause in a legal instrument, a law, etc., providing for a particular matter; stipulation; proviso.
- the providing or supplying of something, especially of food or other necessities.
- arrangement or preparation beforehand, as for the doing of something, the meeting of needs, the supplying of means, etc.
- something provided; a measure or other means for meeting a need.
- a supply or stock of something provided.
- provisions, supplies of food.
- an appointment to an ecclesiastical office.
- appointment by the pope to a see or benefice not yet vacant.
- to supply with provisions.
Origin of provision
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Examples from the Web for provision
Tax evasion carries a maximum penalty of five years, and thus it seems likely that Grimm would be covered by the provision.The Felon Who Wouldn’t Leave Congress
Ben Jacobs, David Freedlander
December 23, 2014
In his opinion, Rio Tinto has not addressed this provision of the comprehensive sanctions against Iran.McCain Helps a Business Partner of Iran
November 13, 2014
There was a provision in the Union Conscription Act of 1863 that allowed wealthy men to pay $300 to buy their way out of service.The High Society Bank Robber of the 1800s
J. North Conway
October 19, 2014
Domestic abuse awareness groups opposed the provision, saying it would discourage victims from reporting.The Republican War on Women Continues, Just More Quietly
October 13, 2014
That provision accords first-time offenders something called Pre-Trial Intervention.Ray Rice Should Have Remembered His 'Kindness' Anti-Bullying Wristband
September 10, 2014
It has been the accumulation of years, and was intended as a provision for you and Robert.Brave and Bold
The arrangements your father has made is one of provision against the unlikely.Weighed and Wanting
The possession of the furniture would not be in any sense a provision.The Secret Agent
Granted; and provision is made for this in the new order of things.
The provision made for the next year was calculated at 40,000 horse-power.
- the act of supplying or providing food, etc
- something that is supplied or provided
- preparations made beforehand (esp in the phrase make provision for)
- (plural) food and other necessities, esp for an expedition
- (plural) food obtained for a household
- a demand, condition, or stipulation formally incorporated in a document; proviso
- the conferring of and induction into ecclesiastical offices
- (tr) to supply with provisions
Word Origin and History for provision
late 14c., "a providing beforehand, action of arranging in advance" (originally in reference to ecclesiastical appointments made before the position was vacant), from Old French provision "precaution, care" (early 14c.), from Latin provisionem (nominative provisio) "a foreseeing, foresight, preparation, prevention," noun of action from past participle stem of providere "look ahead" (see provide). Meaning "something provided" is attested from late 15c.; specific sense of "supply of food" is from c.1600.
"to supply with provisions," 1787, from provision (n.). Related: Provisioned; provisioning.