proviso

[pruh-vahy-zoh]

noun, plural pro·vi·sos, pro·vi·soes.

a clause in a statute, contract, or the like, by which a condition is introduced.
a stipulation or condition.

Nearby words

  1. provision,
  2. provisional,
  3. provisional wing of the irish republican army,
  4. provisioner,
  5. provisions,
  6. provisory,
  7. provitamin,
  8. provitamin a,
  9. provitamin d2,
  10. provo

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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British Dictionary definitions for provisos

proviso

noun plural -sos or -soes

a clause in a document or contract that embodies a condition or stipulation
a condition or stipulation

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 provisos

proviso

n.

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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