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verb (used without object), stip·u·lat·ed, stip·u·lat·ing.
  1. to make an express demand or arrangement as a condition of agreement (often followed by for).
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verb (used with object), stip·u·lat·ed, stip·u·lat·ing.
  1. to arrange expressly or specify in terms of agreement: to stipulate a price.
  2. to require as an essential condition in making an agreement: Total disarmament was stipulated in the peace treaty.
  3. to promise, in making an agreement.
  4. Law. to accept (a proposition) without requiring that it be established by proof: to stipulate the existence of certain facts or that an expert witness is qualified.
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Origin of stipulate

1615–25; < Latin stipulātus (past participle of stipulārī to demand a formal agreement), apparently equivalent to stipul- (see stipule) + -ātus -ate1
Related formsstip·u·la·ble [stip-yuh-luh-buhl] /ˈstɪp yə lə bəl/, adjectivestip·u·la·tor, nounstip·u·la·to·ry [stip-yuh-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈstɪp yə ləˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjectiveun·stip·u·lat·ed, adjective

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[stip-yuh-lit, -leyt]
adjective Botany.
  1. having stipules.
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Origin of stipulate

From the New Latin word stipulātus, dating back to 1770–80. See stipule, -ate1
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Related Words for stipulate

provide, require, impose, designate, specify, guarantee, covenant, slot, engage, pledge, particularize, make, detail, contract, bargain, state, settle, promise, postulate, arrange

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  1. (tr; may take a clause as object) to specify, often as a condition of an agreement
  2. (intr foll by for) to insist (on) as a term of an agreement
  3. Roman law to make (an oral contract) in the form of question and answer necessary to render it legally valid
  4. (tr; may take a clause as object) to guarantee or promise
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Derived Formsstipulable (ˈstɪpjʊləbəl), adjectivestipulation, nounstipulator, nounstipulatory (ˈstɪpjʊlətərɪ, -trɪ), adjective

Word Origin for stipulate

C17: from Latin stipulārī, probably from Old Latin stipulus firm, but perhaps from stipula a stalk, from the convention of breaking a straw to ratify a promise


  1. (of a plant) having stipules
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Word Origin and History for stipulate


1620s, from Latin stipulatus, past participle of stipulari (see stipulation). Related: Stipulated; stipulating.

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