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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A clause in a document making a qualification, condition, or restriction.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A conditional provision to an agreement

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An article or clause in any statute, agreement, contract, grant, or other writing, by which a condition is introduced, usually beginning with the word provided; a conditional stipulation that affects an agreement, contract, law, grant, or the like.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A clause making what precedes conditional on what follows; a provision or article in a statute, contract, or other writing, by which a condition is introduced; a conditional stipulation that affects an agreement, law, grant, etc.
  • n. Nautical, a stern-fast or hawser carried to the shore, to steady a ship.

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

  • n. a stipulated condition

Etymologies

Middle English, from Medieval Latin prōvīsō (quod), provided (that), from Latin prōvīsō, ablative of prōvīsus, past participle of prōvidēre, to provide; see provide.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin proviso ("it being provided"), ablative singular neuter of provisus, past participle of providere ("to provide"); see provide. (Wiktionary)

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