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[pruh-vahy-zoh] /prəˈvaɪ zoʊ/
noun, plural provisos, provisoes.
a clause in a statute, contract, or the like, by which a condition is introduced.
a stipulation or condition.
Origin of proviso
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin prōvīsō, for prōvīsō (quod) it being provided (that), ablative neuter singular of Latin prōvīsus, past participle of prōvidēre to provide
2. restriction, limitation, qualification. Unabridged
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  • The airlines supply the tickets with the proviso that consolidators not advertise which airline will supply the seats.
  • The only proviso is that the offence must carry a potential sentence of three years in prison.
  • It is to be sold with a proviso that the public can visit it one month a year.
  • The settlement includes a proviso allowing some farmers to argue for bigger damage payments before an independent arbitrator.
  • But a big proviso should be to insist on two broad principles: non-discrimination and openness.
  • The only proviso is that the recipient help someone else in need within the year.
  • But it should start from the proviso that one needs two hands to clap.
  • He agreed, with the proviso that the land be maintained by the school system as a memorial.
  • The proviso comes from the fact that, unlike gymnastics, it doesn't cloister itself in a nunnery of abstract exertion.
  • But there is a proviso: they must not alarm foreigners.
British Dictionary definitions for proviso


noun (pl) -sos, -soes
a clause in a document or contract that embodies a condition or stipulation
a condition or stipulation
Word Origin
C15: from Medieval Latin phrase prōvīsō quod it being provided that, from Latin prōvīsus provided
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Word Origin and History for proviso

mid-15c., from Medieval Latin proviso (quod) "provided (that)," phrase at the beginning of clauses in legal documents (mid-14c.), from Latin proviso "it being provided," ablative neuter of provisus, past participle of providere (see provide). Related: Provisory.

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