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

  • n. The act of stipulating.
  • n. Something stipulated, especially a term or condition in an agreement.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Something that is stated or stipulated as a condition of an agreement.
  • n. The situation, arrangement, and structure of the stipules.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of stipulating; a contracting or bargaining; an agreement.
  • n. That which is stipulated, or agreed upon; that which is definitely arranged or contracted; an agreement; a covenant; a contract or bargain; also, any particular article, item, or condition, in a mutual agreement.
  • n. A material article of an agreement; an undertaking in the nature of bail taken in the admiralty courts; a bargain.
  • n. The situation, arrangement, and structure of the stipules.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of stipulating, agreeing, or covenanting; a contracting or bargaining.
  • n. That which is stipulated or agreed upon; a contract or bargain, or a particular article or item in a contract: as, the stipulations of the allied powers to furnish each his contingent of troops; a contract containing so many stipulations.
  • n. In law, specifically— An agreement between counsel or attorneys in a cause, affecting its conduct.
  • n. An undertaking in the nature of bail taken in the admiralty courts.
  • n. In Roman law, a contract in which the form consisted in a question and answer, formalities which in course of time came to be recognized as making a valid contract which might dispense with the ceremonials required by the earlier law.
  • n. In botany, the situation and structure of the stipules.

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

  • n. an assumption on which rests the validity or effect of something else
  • n. (law) an agreement or concession made by parties in a judicial proceeding (or by their attorneys) relating to the business before the court; must be in writing unless they are part of the court record
  • n. a restriction that is insisted upon as a condition for an agreement


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From ancient Latin stipula ("a straw"). As was the custom then, the Romans used to break a straw, as a sign of agreement between the negotiating parties, and the stipulations were put in a written form.


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