provisory

adjective
pro·​vi·​so·​ry | \ prə-ˈvī-zə-rē How to pronounce provisory (audio) , -ˈvīz-rē \

Definition of provisory

1 : containing or subject to a proviso : conditional

Examples of provisory in a Sentence

a provisory permit to block off the street while movie scenes were being shot a provisory legal adviser who will be replaced by a court-appointed public defender

First Known Use of provisory

circa 1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of provisory was circa 1611

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“Provisory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/provisory. Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

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