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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Verb

stipulator \ ˈsti-​pyə-​ˌlā-​tər How to pronounce stipulator (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 While the contract stipulates that Rapid Response workers carry naloxone and refer people to services, this money would be better spent on actual naloxone-carrying outreach workers from those services. oregonlive, "Homeless campsite clean-ups stopped during Portland commissioners divide over contract," 6 Jan. 2020 A year later, lawmakers stipulated 33 percent of any budget surplus had to be socked away for a rainy day. Christopher Magan, Twin Cities, "Here’s how Minnesota went from budget deficits to a $1.3 billion surplus in a decade," 5 Dec. 2019 Article 28 of the agreement stipulates that a member can begin a formal withdrawal process no earlier than three years after the treaty enters into force. Henrik Selin, The Conversation, "Can the Paris Agreement on climate change succeed without the US? 4 questions answered," 12 Nov. 2019 The land contract then stipulated that Almanza pay $69,400 with a 10 percent interest rate, in monthly installments of $746 for a 30-year term. Crystal Hill, Indianapolis Star, "Real estate business owner accused of discriminating against Latino community to pay $395K," 12 Nov. 2019 If the city doesn’t spend the money in five years, the agreement stipulates that the funds go to Chugach to lower rates. Aubrey Wieber, Anchorage Daily News, "How a utility sale revived plans for a long-sought addiction treatment center in Anchorage," 3 Nov. 2019 The deal, brokered by France and Germany and signed in Minsk, Belarus, also stipulated that Ukraine regains full control of its border with Russia only after the rebel regions receive broad autonomy and elect local leaders and legislatures. Yuras Karmanau, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Protesters in Ukraine rally against election in rebel east," 6 Oct. 2019 The new jobs will provide an average salary of at least $90,000 – exclusive of fringe benefits or overtime pay, the agreement stipulates. Paul Gattis | Pgattis@al.com, al, "Lockheed Martin plans $19 million expansion in Huntsville," 25 Sep. 2019 The will stipulated when each of the slaves was to be freed. Kevin Leonard, baltimoresun.com, "The dream of electric trains has origins in Laurel," 6 Sep. 2019

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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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The first known use of stipulate was circa 1624

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13 Jan 2020

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“Stipulate.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stipulate. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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More Definitions for stipulate

stipulate

verb
How to pronounce stipulate (audio)

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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