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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).
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.

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

Synonyms for stipulate

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Historical Examples of stipulated

  • Putting the stipulated sum into two purses, he handed these to Lorenzi.

    Casanova's Homecoming

    Arthur Schnitzler

  • The only thing he stipulated was that he should hear me before deciding.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • And eventually the day came when he was unable to make the stipulated payments.

  • He wanted it stipulated that his master was to do all the fighting.

    The Story of Don Quixote

    Arvid Paulson, Clayton Edwards, and Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

  • The London firm had stipulated, too, that their new man should be unmarried.

    Herbert Hoover

    Vernon Kellogg

British Dictionary definitions for stipulated


  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
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 stipulated



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

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