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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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  • Did the duke make any of these provisos when he gave you your regiment?

    The Piccolomini Friedrich Schiller
  • Unfortunately, these provisos are very far from being fulfilled.

    Boy Labour and Apprenticeship

    Reginald Arthur Bray
  • What touches the Art may require certain cautions and provisos.

    A Letter Book George Saintsbury
  • There were, however, two provisos made, or as such we understood them.

    When the World Shook H. Rider Haggard
  • If all these allowances and provisos are too many for him to make, it is probably useless for him to attempt the Noctes at all.

  • I make three provisos only, none of which affect the force of my argument for immediate practical purposes.

  • But none of these restrictions or provisos is requisite, or could for a moment be thought of, in reference to Charles Lamb.

    A Letter Book George Saintsbury
  • provisos and warnings may be taken as having been made sufficiently: and we pass to the actual survey.

    A Letter Book George Saintsbury
  • These provisos admitted, in other things I may prove a tractable and complying husband.

    The Way of the World William Congreve
British Dictionary definitions for provisos


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for provisos



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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