pro·​vi·​so·​ry prə-ˈvī-zə-rē How to pronounce provisory (audio)
: 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

Word History

First Known Use

circa 1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of provisory was circa 1611

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Cite this Entry

“Provisory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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