- a clause in a statute, contract, or the like, by which a condition is introduced.
- a stipulation or condition.
Origin of proviso
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Examples from the Web for proviso
The key point is the proviso that Murray notes: insofar as men need to work to survive.Answering a Murray Defender
February 8, 2012
The kingdom takes them in on the proviso that they stay out of politics.Crossroad for Arab Dictators
January 15, 2011
When contemplating how to evaluate Barack Obama's first 100 days, it's important to keep in mind the proviso: Compared to what?Cheer Up, Liberals
April 28, 2009
I granted you permission to come, but I made it a proviso that there should be no conversation.One Day's Courtship
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.Lafayette
Martha Foote Crow
- a clause in a document or contract that embodies a condition or stipulation
- a condition or stipulation
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.