- to make an express demand or arrangement as a condition of agreement (often followed by for).
- to arrange expressly or specify in terms of agreement: to stipulate a price.
- to require as an essential condition in making an agreement: Total disarmament was stipulated in the peace treaty.
- to promise, in making an agreement.
- 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 stipulate1
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Related Wordsprovide, require, impose, designate, specify, guarantee, covenant, slot, engage, pledge, particularize, make, detail, contract, bargain, state, settle, promise, postulate, arrange
Examples from the Web for stipulating
The Bek also invited me to visit him in his house, but stipulating not to shake hands.Byeways in Palestine
Stipulating that she must swallow this pill, Providence consented to serve her.Evan Harrington, Complete
The religious have been stipulating for themselves and not for their men.Domesday Book and Beyond
Frederic William Maitland
She agreed promptly, only stipulating that she should see and hear nothing of it.Francezka
Molly Elliot Seawell
I believe you were right in stipulating for secrecy on my part, as you did.The Honour of the Clintons
- (tr; may take a clause as object) to specify, often as a condition of an agreement
- (intr foll by for) to insist (on) as a term of an agreement
- Roman law to make (an oral contract) in the form of question and answer necessary to render it legally valid
- (tr; may take a clause as object) to guarantee or promise
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
- (of a plant) having stipules
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Word Origin and History for stipulating
1620s, from Latin stipulatus, past participle of stipulari (see stipulation). Related: Stipulated; stipulating.
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