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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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  • Did the duke make any of these provisos when he gave you your regiment?

    The Piccolomini

    Friedrich Schiller

  • 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

    George Saintsbury

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for provisos


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

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



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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