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

  • transitive v. To lay down as a condition of an agreement; require by contract.
  • transitive v. To specify or arrange in an agreement: stipulate a date of payment and a price.
  • transitive v. To guarantee or promise (something) in an agreement.
  • intransitive v. To make an express demand or provision in an agreement.
  • intransitive v. To form an agreement.
  • adj. Having stipules.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having stipules; that is, having outgrowths borne on either side of the base of the leafstalk.
  • v. To require (something) as a condition of a contract or agreement.
  • v. To specify, promise or guarantee something in an agreement.
  • v. To acknowledge the truth of; not to challenge.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Furnished with stipules.
  • intransitive v. To make an agreement or covenant with any person or company to do or forbear anything; to bargain; to contract; to settle terms.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To arrange or settle definitely, or by special mention and agreement, or as a special condition: as, it is stipulated that A shall pay 5 per cent.
  • As commonly used in law, damages liquidated by a stipulation—that is, a sum fixed by a contract or obligation in such manuer as to be the sum payable in case of breach, without any further question as to the amount of the actual damages.
  • In botany, having stipules: as, a stipulate stalk or leaf.

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

  • v. make an oral contract or agreement in the verbal form of question and answer that is necessary to give it legal force
  • v. specify as a condition or requirement in a contract or agreement; make an express demand or provision in an agreement
  • v. give a guarantee or promise of


Latin stipulārī, stipulāt-, to bargain.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin stipulātus, perfect active participle of stipulor ("I demand a guarantee"). (Wiktionary)
stipule +‎ -ate (Wiktionary)



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