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proviso

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noun pro·vi·so \prə-ˈvī-(ˌ)zō\

Simple Definition of proviso

  • : a condition that must be accepted in order for someone to agree to do something

Full Definition of proviso

plural pro·vi·sos also pro·vi·soes

  1. 1 :  an article or clause (as in a contract) that introduces a condition

  2. 2 :  a conditional stipulation

Examples of proviso

  1. He accepted the job with one proviso: he would work alone.

  2. <released the drunken revelers with the proviso that they behave for the remainder of the Mardi Gras>



Origin of proviso

Middle English, from Medieval Latin proviso quod provided that


First Known Use: 15th century



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