stipulate

verb
stip·​u·​late | \ ˈsti-pyə-ˌlāt How to pronounce stipulate (audio) \
stipulated; stipulating

Definition of stipulate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to make an agreement or covenant to do or forbear something : contract
2 : to demand an express term in an agreement used with for

transitive verb

1 : to specify as a condition or requirement (as of an agreement or offer)
2 : to give a guarantee of

stipulate

adjective
stip·​u·​late | \ ˈsti-pyə-lət How to pronounce stipulate (audio) \

Definition of stipulate (Entry 2 of 2)

: having stipules

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Other Words from stipulate

Verb

stipulator \ ˈsti-​pyə-​ˌlā-​tər How to pronounce stipulate (audio) \ noun

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Verb

Like many terms used in the legal profession, "stipulate" has its roots in Latin. It derives from "stipulatus," the past participle of "stipulari," a verb meaning "to demand a guarantee (as from a prospective debtor)." "Stipulate" has been a part of the English language since the 17th century. In Roman law, oral contracts were deemed valid only if they followed a proper question-and-answer format; "stipulate" was sometimes used specifically of this process of contract making, though it also could be used more generally for any means of making a contract or agreement. The "specify as a condition or requirement" sense of the word also dates from the 17th century, and it is the sense that is most often encountered in current use.

Examples of stipulate in a Sentence

Verb The cease-fire was stipulated by the treaty. The rules stipulate that players must wear uniforms.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The new order would invoke the Defense Production Act to procure essential medicines and other equipment from the United States, but would not stipulate precisely which drugs would fall under the requirements. Jonathan Lemire, Star Tribune, "Playing electoral defense, Trump to promote recovery in Ohio," 6 Aug. 2020 But, hospital rules stipulate that a doctor has to be the one to deliver a baby. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "There’s A Deeper Meaning To Jo’s Big Grey’s Anatomy Decision," 14 Dec. 2020 Also stipulate that at least the portion of the pipeline that crosses Native American land will be removed and the land restored to its original condition and value. Star Tribune, "Readers Write: COVID closures, Enbridge Line 3, Gopher football and racism, Kmart's "K"," 4 Dec. 2020 Saladi and Nandish vet the tutors through interviews and stipulate a code of conduct, such as no cursing and no following on social media. Holly Haber, Dallas News, "Teen online tutors provide a lifeline to the children of frontline workers," 3 Dec. 2020 UConn’s health and safety protocols stipulate individuals within close contact of a confirmed or presumed COVID-19 case are required to quarantine for 14 days. Dom Amore, courant.com, "UConn men’s positive COVID-19 test: What we know, and what we don’t," 7 Nov. 2020 Big Ten rules stipulate a team must play at least six of its eight games this season to be eligible for the conference championship game Dec. 19 in Indianapolis. Zach Osterman, The Indianapolis Star, "What Ohio State's COVID-19 situation means for IU in terms of Big Ten Championship Game," 28 Nov. 2020 Big 12 guidelines stipulate that a team must have 53 available roster players, including a minimum of seven offensive linemen, four interior defensive linemen and one quarterback. Chuck Carlton, Dallas News, "Texas-Kansas joins growing list of college football games postponed because of COVID-19 concerns," 18 Nov. 2020 Take note that rental properties might stipulate certain breeds of dog are not allowed or limited by weight. Los Angeles Times, "Pets and rental housing: What you need to know," 11 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective There are some interesting financial implications in the contract that stipulate cancellations of games could lead to payment of $500,000 of the canceling teams. Sam Blum, Dallas News, "Could SMU owe or make money if games are canceled? A look at the nonconference game contracts," 11 Aug. 2020 The terms of that agreement stipulate partners can withdraw early without financial penalty after giving 30-day notice. oregonlive, "As TriMet pledges to retain transit police, Latinx leader arrested in 2018 pushes for more reforms," 19 June 2020

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First Known Use of stipulate

Verb

circa 1624, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Adjective

circa 1776, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for stipulate

Verb

Latin stipulatus, past participle of stipulari to demand a guarantee (from a prospective debtor)

Adjective

New Latin stipula

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“Stipulate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stipulate. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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stipulate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of stipulate

: to demand or require (something) as part of an agreement

stipulate

verb
stip·​u·​late | \ ˈsti-pyə-ˌlāt How to pronounce stipulate (audio) \
stipulated; stipulating

Legal Definition of stipulate

intransitive verb

1 : to make an agreement or covenant about something (as damages)
2 : to demand a particular promise in an agreement used with for may…assume or stipulate for obligations of all kindsLouisiana Civil Code
3 : to agree respecting an aspect of legal proceedings used with to stipulated to a dismissal of the claim with prejudiceNational Law Journal pleaded guilty to the charge of battery and stipulated to the underlying factsLuna v. Meinke, 844 F. Supp. 1284 (1994)

transitive verb

1 : to specify especially as a condition or requirement of an agreement parties may not stipulate the invalidity of statutes or ordinancesWest v. Bank of Commerce & Trusts, 167 F.2d 664 (1948) the contract stipulated that the lessor was responsible for maintenance within a stipulated period of time
2 : to establish (procedure or evidence) by agreement during a proceeding defendant stipulated that evidence was sufficient to support his conspiracy convictionNational Law Journal based on stipulated facts

History and Etymology for stipulate

Latin stipulatus, past participle of stipulari to exact (as from a prospective debtor) a formal guarantee when making an oral contract

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