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[stip-yuh-leyt] /ˈstɪp yəˌleɪt/
verb (used without object), stipulated, stipulating.
to make an express demand or arrangement as a condition of agreement (often followed by for).
verb (used with object), stipulated, stipulating.
to arrange expressly or specify in terms of agreement:
to stipulate a price.
to require as an essential condition in making an agreement:
Total disarmament was stipulated in the peace treaty.
to promise, in making an agreement.
Law. to accept (a proposition) without requiring that it be established by proof:
to stipulate the existence of certain facts or that an expert witness is qualified.
Origin of stipulate1
1615-25; < Latin stipulātus (past participle of stipulārī to demand a formal agreement), apparently equivalent to stipul- (see stipule) + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
[stip-yuh-luh-buh l] /ˈstɪp yə lə bəl/ (Show IPA),
stipulator, noun
[stip-yuh-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈstɪp yə ləˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
unstipulated, adjective
2, 3. specify, designate, indicate, cite. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for stipulating
Historical Examples
  • To this, perceiving no objection, I consented, stipulating only that my real name should be retained.

  • The Bek also invited me to visit him in his house, but stipulating not to shake hands.

  • Our generous gamester returned all, only stipulating for the payment of L5000 whenever he might think proper to demand it.

  • stipulating that she must swallow this pill, Providence consented to serve her.

    Evan Harrington, Complete George Meredith
  • But he did not expect the strange confidences his daughter now made to him after stipulating for the pardon of her husband.

    Maitre Cornelius Honore de Balzac
  • She agreed promptly, only stipulating that she should see and hear nothing of it.

    Francezka Molly Elliot Seawell
  • John confirmed this alliance by stipulating a marriage between his eldest son and the daughter of Charles de Valois.

  • I believe you were right in stipulating for secrecy on my part, as you did.

    The Honour of the Clintons Archibald Marshall
  • I readily consented, only stipulating that I should be held blameless in the event of trouble ensuing.

    The Log of a Sea-Waif Frank T. Bullen
  • The Judge had agreed, stipulating that there should be no change in the evening hour.

    The Trumpeter Swan Temple Bailey
British Dictionary definitions for stipulating


(transitive; may take a clause as object) to specify, often as a condition of an agreement
(intransitive) foll by for. to insist (on) as a term of an agreement
(Roman law) to make (an oral contract) in the form of question and answer necessary to render it legally valid
(transitive; may take a clause as object) to guarantee or promise
Derived Forms
stipulable (ˈstɪpjʊləbəl) adjective
stipulation, noun
stipulator, noun
stipulatory (ˈstɪpjʊlətərɪ; -trɪ) adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin stipulārī, probably from Old Latin stipulus firm, but perhaps from stipula a stalk, from the convention of breaking a straw to ratify a promise


/ˈstɪpjʊlɪt; -ˌleɪt/
(of a plant) having stipules
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Word Origin and History for stipulating



1620s, from Latin stipulatus, past participle of stipulari (see stipulation). Related: Stipulated; stipulating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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