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noun, plural pro·vi·sos, pro·vi·soes.
  1. a clause in a statute, contract, or the like, by which a condition is introduced.
  2. a stipulation or condition.
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Origin of proviso

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

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Related Words for proviso

clause, qualification, condition, stipulation, restriction, term, prerequisite, article, provision, rider

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Contemporary Examples of proviso

Historical Examples of proviso

  • I granted you permission to come, but I made it a proviso that there should be no conversation.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for proviso


noun plural -sos or -soes
  1. a clause in a document or contract that embodies a condition or stipulation
  2. a condition or stipulation
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Word Origin for proviso

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.

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