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[pruh-vahy-zoh] /prəˈvaɪ zoʊ/
noun, plural provisos, provisoes.
a clause in a statute, contract, or the like, by which a condition is introduced.
a stipulation or condition.
Origin of proviso
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin prōvīsō, for prōvīsō (quod) it being provided (that), ablative neuter singular of Latin prōvīsus, past participle of prōvidēre to provide
2. restriction, limitation, qualification. Unabridged
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  • I granted you permission to come, but I made it a proviso that there should be no conversation.

    One Day's Courtship Robert Barr
  • There was also a proviso that the infants should be taught 'suitably to their age.'

    The Curse of Education Harold E. Gorst
  • The "Wilmot proviso" was for some years the watchword of the anti-extensionists.

    The Negro and the Nation George S. Merriam
  • It should, however, be accompanied by the proviso that no more than 10 per cent.

    Concrete Construction Halbert P. Gillette
  • He granted the request, but with the proviso that she should never return.


    Martha Foote Crow
  • A ship with one anchor down and a shore-fast is moored a proviso.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • In its fifth proviso, the old man mentioned his nephew George.

    The Bertrams

    Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for proviso


noun (pl) -sos, -soes
a clause in a document or contract that embodies a condition or stipulation
a condition or stipulation
Word Origin
C15: from Medieval Latin phrase prōvīsō quod it being provided that, from Latin prōvīsus provided
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Word Origin and History for proviso

mid-15c., from Medieval Latin proviso (quod) "provided (that)," phrase at the beginning of clauses in legal documents (mid-14c.), from Latin proviso "it being provided," ablative neuter of provisus, past participle of providere (see provide). Related: Provisory.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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