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  1. containing a proviso or condition; conditional.
  2. provisional(defs 1, 2).
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Origin of provisory

1605–15; < Medieval Latin prōvīsōrius, equivalent to Latin prōvid-, stem of prōvidēre to provide + -tōrius -tory1, with dt > s
Related formspro·vi·so·ri·ly, adverb
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Historical Examples

  • A provisory government was established, entitled the Government of the National Defence.

    The War Upon Religion

    Rev. Francis A. Cunningham

  • Still there remains an expression in the Arrt, that it is provisory only.

British Dictionary definitions for provisory


  1. containing a proviso; conditional
  2. another word for provisional
  3. making provision
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Derived Formsprovisorily, adverb
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