pro·​vi·​so | \ prə-ˈvī-(ˌ)zō How to pronounce proviso (audio) \
plural provisos also provisoes

Definition of proviso

1 : an article or clause (as in a contract) that introduces a condition
2 : a conditional stipulation

Examples of proviso in a Sentence

He accepted the job with one proviso: he would work alone. released the drunken revelers with the proviso that they behave for the remainder of the Mardi Gras
Recent Examples on the Web Hoylman said earlier versions of the legislation had included specific language stating the law would only apply to future cases, but that such a proviso was not included in the 2020 bill. Bill Donahue, Billboard, 21 Apr. 2022 There is a special proviso in the new DH mandate that allows teams who let pitchers hit for themselves remain as the DH once they are finished pitching. Mark Faller, The Arizona Republic, 5 Apr. 2022 The decision included a proviso that any employees who take a payout from the fund have to waive their right to receive whatever damages come out of the state-level DFEH suit. Los Angeles Times, 13 Apr. 2022 With the proviso that an accident, another giant Putin miscalculation or a catastrophic success by Ukrainian forces on the battlefield might always upset the dynamic, the answer seems to be yes. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, 25 Mar. 2022 Stettheimer is, in this way, more Goopist than avant-gardist, with the proviso that Goopism was a kind of American avant-garde. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 21 Feb. 2022 Members of the public wishing to submit their images can do so online with the proviso that they were taken during an official appearance, entrants are 18 or over, and either took the image or have the express permission of the photographer. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, 18 Jan. 2022 Sawiris agreed, on the proviso that the authorities would grant permission to sell apartments to foreigners, something unusual in Switzerland, and offer almost 250 acres for development. Tom Robbins, Travel + Leisure, 13 Dec. 2021 Even with the proviso that there were upward revisions to the previous two months’ job figures, that was well short of the 573,000 that economists were looking for. Justin Lahart, WSJ, 3 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of proviso

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for proviso

Middle English, from Medieval Latin proviso quod provided that

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7 May 2022

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“Proviso.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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pro·​vi·​so | \ prə-ˈvī-zō How to pronounce proviso (audio) \
plural provisos or provisoes

Legal Definition of proviso

1 : an article or clause (as in a statute or contract) that introduces a condition
2 : a conditional stipulation

History and Etymology for proviso

Medieval Latin proviso quod provided that

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