noun, plural provisos, provisoes.
a clause in a statute, contract, or the like, by which a condition is introduced.
a stipulation or condition.

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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proviso (prəˈvaɪzəʊ)
n , pl -sos, -soes
1.  a clause in a document or contract that embodies a condition or stipulation
2.  a condition or stipulation
[C15: from Medieval Latin phrase prōvīsō quod it being provided that, from Latin prōvīsus provided]

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Word Origin & History

1467, from M.L. proviso (quod) "provided (that)," phrase at the beginning of clauses in legal documents (1350), from L. proviso "it being provided," abl. neut. of provisus, pp. of providere (see provide).
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Example sentences
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.
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