provisional

[pruh-vizh-uh-nl]
adjective Also, provisionary [pruh-vizh-uh-ner-ee] , (for defs 1, 2).
1.
providing or serving for the time being only; existing only until permanently or properly replaced; temporary: a provisional government.
2.
accepted or adopted tentatively; conditional; probationary.
3.
(usually initial capital letter) of or being the wing of the Irish Republican Army that follows a policy of violence.
noun
4.
Philately. a stamp that serves temporarily, pending the appearance of the regular issue, or during a temporary shortage of the regular stamps.
5.
a provisional member of a group.
6.
(usually initial capital letter) a member of the Provisional wing of the Irish Republican Army.

Origin:
1595–1605; provision + -al1

provisionality, provisionalness, noun
provisionally, adverb
nonprovisional, adjective
nonprovisionally, adverb
nonprovisionary, adjective
unprovisional, adjective
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provisional or provisionary (prəˈvɪʒənəl, prəˈvɪʒənərɪ)
 
adj
1.  subject to later alteration; temporary or conditional: a provisional decision
 
n
2.  a postage stamp surcharged during an emergency to alter the stamp's denomination or significance until a new or regular issue is printed
 
provisionary or provisionary
 
adj
 
n
 
pro'visionally or provisionary
 
adv

Provisional (prəˈvɪʒənəl)
 
adj
1.  of, designating, or relating to the unofficial factions of the IRA and Sinn Féin that became increasingly dominant following a split in 1969. The Provisional movement remained committed to a policy of terrorism until its ceasefires of the mid-1990s
 
n
2.  Also called: Provo a member of the Provisional IRA or Sinn Féin

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provisional
of temporary arrangements, c.1600, from Fr. provisionnal (late 15c.), from O.Fr. provision (see provision). The notion is of something that will "provide for present needs."
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Example sentences
There is only local knowledge, contingent and provisional.
Tentative does not mean weak, but provisional and willing to change course
  under the influence of new revelations.
The provisional government lacked political, financial and police resources.
Though so often elegant, evolution can also be jury-rigged and provisional.
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