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[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 provisionary

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 provisionary
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."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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