stipulate

verb
stip·​u·​late | \ ˈsti-pyə-ˌlāt \
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 \

Definition of stipulate (Entry 2 of 2)

: having stipules

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Verb

stipulator \ ˈsti-​pyə-​ˌlā-​tər \ 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.

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The California law also stipulated that centers that are unlicensed must post a sign saying so, a portion of the legislation struck down by the courts. Angie Leventis Lourgos, chicagotribune.com, "High court's backing of anti-abortion pregnancy centers raises doubts about Illinois' own 'conscience' law," 29 June 2018 To the contrary, the terms stipulated Iran would always remain under the eye of international inspectors. Politifact, Teen Vogue, "President Donald Trump Lies About Iran and North Korea," 11 June 2018 Prior to this week’s announcement, all four of Hong Kong’s carriers stipulated a skirts-only dress code for female crew, according to the Post. Laignee Barron, Time, "Who Wears the Pants? Cathay Pacific Flight Attendants Win Fight to End Skirts-Only Rule," 30 Mar. 2018 Smith believes Hollywood’s biggest stars have the power to change the movie industry’s white-majority face by stipulating inclusion in the cast and the behind-the-scenes crew. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, "She wrote Hollywood’s ‘inclusion rider.’ But she fights for women at Walmart, chicken plants and hospitals, too.," 8 Mar. 2018 Singapore carriers generally enforce rules that stipulate all pilots and crew must abstain from alcohol for 8 hours before a flight, but Singapore Airlines requires its crew to abstain for 10 hours, the outlet added. Fox News, "Singapore Airlines pilot suspended for failing breathalyzer test; carrier currently investigating," 19 Sep. 2018 The state armament program for 2018-2027 includes the Orlan research and development work, which stipulates the construction of the wing-in-ground-effect craft. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russia Developing a New Air-Riding 'Sea Monster'," 2 Aug. 2018 The new law stipulates that owners whose camels are allowed to wander will be charged with criminal negligence should their livestock cause damage. Sun-Sentinel.com, "Knesset approves and passes life-saving 'Camel Law'," 19 June 2018 Zobrist said officials from MLB and the players union met Monday to discuss relaxing the rule, which stipulates the color of a player’s shoes must be at least 51 percent of his team’s dominant color. Mark Gonzales, chicagotribune.com, "Ben Zobrist looking for clarity on cleats rule on Cubs trip to New York," 25 May 2018

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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

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 \
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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