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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. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for stipulating
Historical Examples
  • The Bek also invited me to visit him in his house, but stipulating not to shake hands.

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

    Evan Harrington, Complete George Meredith
  • The religious have been stipulating for themselves and not for their men.

    Domesday Book and Beyond

    Frederic William Maitland
  • She agreed promptly, only stipulating that she should see and hear nothing of it.

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

    The Honour of the Clintons Archibald Marshall
  • The Judge had agreed, stipulating that there should be no change in the evening hour.

    The Trumpeter Swan Temple Bailey
  • I agreed, only stipulating that we, too, should be married before he went.

    The Wedge of Gold C. C. Goodwin
  • You began this argument by stipulating that I should argue with you simply as a man.

    Phaethon Charles Kingsley
  • He came to dinner with me one night, stipulating that he should be allowed to depart at 9.30, as he was such an early goer to bed.

    The Life of James McNeill Whistler Elizabeth Robins Pennell
  • Somebody brought him a commission for a painting, stipulating that it should be "a serious work."

    The Life of James McNeill Whistler Elizabeth Robins Pennell
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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