Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. In a provisional way; temporarily.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. By way of provision for the time being; temporarily.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a provisional manner; by way of provision; temporarily; for a present exigency.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. temporarily and conditionally

Etymologies

provisional +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "… We have signed on and we are now operating what we call provisionally,"

    The Bahama Journal - Bahamas News Headlines

  • He was really unfit for the trip up town from the old Van Winkle mansion; nevertheless, he made it rather than disappoint his new -- (I use the word provisionally) -- daughter-in-law, who had set her heart upon having the family see what she had bought.

    Her Weight in Gold

  • Pat, you’re outside my knowledge base now, so I’ll take your word provisionally – grin for it.

    Four Hunnnnnn-dred Years « Climate Audit

  • NRSC chairman John Cornyn put out a statement accusing the Franken campaign of falsely declaring victory, and denouncing the idea of provisionally seating him while the expected legal dispute of the election is resolved:

    Cornyn Indicates Senate GOP Will Resist Seating Al Franken

  • It's tough to join the ranks of new planets, especially if you're called provisionally 2003 UB 313.

    Robot tarantulas, Muppets, and plutons:

  • Amongst the metal finds, a goat bell was particularly well preserved, as well as five coins provisionally dated to the late fourth/early fifth century A.D.

    Interactive Dig Sagalassos - Macellum Report 3

  • It is only a very few years since I myself came to what I may call a provisionally final estimate of

    A History of the French Novel, Vol. 2 To the Close of the 19th Century

  • By the clemency of the Pope, fifty-nine of these exiles were pardoned, during a period of nine years, if men can be said to be pardoned who are recalled provisionally, some for a year, others for half a year, or who are brought home only to be placed under the surveillance of the police.

    The Roman Question

  • The removal of evangelical penalties (as they may be called), or the prevention of death (which may seem to be so consequential upon, or inflicted for, some particular sin), can be prayed for only conditionally or provisionally, that is, with proviso that it consist with the wisdom, will, and glory of God that they should be removed, and particularly such death prevented.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume VI (Acts to Revelation)

  • In another column, I'll provide some of my disagreements with the UFT, but this particular lawsuit is about preventing the mayor of New York and his successors from excluding parents and community organizations concerned with education from any meaningful involvement in the public (and we use that word provisionally) schools.

    Village Voice - The most recent 10 stories

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