- 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 provisos
He chose his words carefully, dropping caveats and provisos.Escalating Violence in Syria Paralyzes the West
August 1, 2011
Did the duke make any of these provisos when he gave you your regiment?The Piccolomini
Unfortunately, these provisos are very far from being fulfilled.Boy Labour and Apprenticeship
Reginald Arthur Bray
What touches the Art may require certain cautions and provisos.A Letter Book
There were, however, two provisos made, or as such we understood them.When the World Shook
H. Rider Haggard
If all these allowances and provisos are too many for him to make, it is probably useless for him to attempt the Noctes at all.Essays in English Literature, 1780-1860
- a clause in a document or contract that embodies a condition or stipulation
- a condition or stipulation
Word Origin and History for provisos
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.