adjective Also pro·vi·sion·ar·y [pr uh- vizh- uh-ner-ee] /prəˈvɪʒ əˌnɛr i/ (for defs 1, 2). providing or serving for the time being only; existing only until permanently or properly replaced; temporary: a provisional government. accepted or adopted tentatively; conditional; probationary. ( usually initial capital letter) of or being the wing of the Irish Republican Army that follows a policy of violence. noun . Philately a stamp that serves temporarily, pending the appearance of the regular issue, or during a temporary shortage of the regular stamps. a provisional member of a group. ( usually initial capital letter) a member of the Provisional wing of the Irish Republican Army. Origin of provisional
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-al 1 Related forms pro·vi·sion·al·i·ty, pro·vi·sion·al·ness, noun pro·vi·sion·al·ly, adverb non·pro·vi·sion·al, adjective non·pro·vi·sion·al·ly, adverb non·pro·vi·sion·ar·y, adjective un·pro·vi·sion·al, adjective
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Related Words for provisionary conditional
conjectural Examples from the Web for provisionary Historical Examples of provisionary
At three o'clock the imperial dynasty was proclaimed as at an end, and a
provisionary government installed.
Gentlemen, such are the series of experiments made by M. Gannal, since the first
provisionary report was presented to you.
The new system was defined as the "
Provisionary Consulate;" but this form was only transitional.
She had already taken that
provisionary leap into a mythical future which is one of the perfunctory attitudes of maidenhood. British Dictionary definitions for provisionary adjective of, designating, or relating to the unofficial factions of the IRA and Sinn Féin that became increasingly dominant following a split in 1969. The Provisional movement remained committed to a policy of terrorism until its ceasefires of the mid-1990s noun Also called: Provo a member of the Provisional IRA or Sinn Féin provisional less commonly provisionary ( prəˈvɪʒənərɪ) adjective subject to later alteration; temporary or conditional a provisional decision noun a postage stamp surcharged during an emergency to alter the stamp's denomination or significance until a new or regular issue is printed Derived Forms provisionally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for provisionary adj.
"as a temporary arrangement for the present," c.1600, from
provision (n.) + -al (1), or else from Middle French provisionnal (15c.), from Old French provision. The notion is of something that will "provide for present needs." Related: Provisionally.
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