- 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 provisions
The provisions weakening Dodd-Frank may still become law and the cromnibus may still pass.Bachmann and Pelosi vs. Boehner and Obama Over Spending Bill
December 11, 2014
Available at Olympic Provisions Mexico: The Cookbook, $33 Is there anything better than genuine Mexican food?The Daily Beast’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: For the Anthony Bourdain in Your Life
November 29, 2014
Provisions can be made so that the law interferes minimally with media outlets rightfully publishing important information.Should We Have the Right to Be Forgotten Online?
July 15, 2014
And the third member of the triage of restaurants that have put Houston on the national map is The Pass & Provisions.
The Pass is the dressed down, low key spot, while The Provisions is more formal.
Especially would this seem grievous when provisions were dear.A Theological-Political Treatise [Part IV]
Benedict of Spinoza
On this occasion, our provisions were supplemented by the hospitality of the khan.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
Our provisions were very bad, and the mortality among us was great.
The woman had consented to our occupying an out-house, and had agreed to buy the provisions.
The consequence might have been serious had provisions not been found by a party of foragers.Heroes of the Telegraph
- 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 provisions
"supply of food," c.1600; see 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.