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provisional

[pruh-vizh-uh-nl] /prəˈvɪʒ ə nl/
adjective, Also, provisionary
[pruh-vizh-uh-ner-ee] /prəˈvɪʒ əˌnɛr i/ (Show IPA),
(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
1595-1605; provision + -al1
Related forms
provisionality, provisionalness, noun
provisionally, adverb
nonprovisional, adjective
nonprovisionally, adverb
nonprovisionary, adjective
unprovisional, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for pro-visionary

provisional

/prəˈvɪʒənəl/
adjective
1.
subject to later alteration; temporary or conditional: a provisional decision
noun
2.
a postage stamp surcharged during an emergency to alter the stamp's denomination or significance until a new or regular issue is printed
Derived Forms
provisionally, adverb

Provisional

/prəˈvɪʒənəl/
adjective
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
noun
2.
Also called Provo. a member of the Provisional IRA or Sinn Féin
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Word Origin and History for pro-visionary

provisional

adj.

"as a temporary arrangement for the present," c.1600, from provision (n.) + -al (1), or else from Middle French provisionnal (15c.), from Old French provision. The notion is of something that will "provide for present needs." Related: Provisionally.

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