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 Let’s also stipulate that the wealthy wouldn’t respond by hiding their wealth, moving out of the country, or cutting back in the sort of investments the government is utterly incapable of replicating. Jonah Goldberg, National Review, "Shaking Down the Rich Is Bad for Democracy," 13 Nov. 2019 Let’s further stipulate that among President Trump’s multiple impeachable offenses while in office are acceptance of foreign emoluments, obstruction of justice and abuse of power. Daniel W. Drezner, Twin Cities, "Daniel Drezner: Why ‘lock him up’ is almost as bad as ‘lock her up’," 6 Nov. 2019 Cook County also has an ordinance stipulating that county officials will not comply with ICE requests to detain individuals unless ICE agents supply a criminal warrant. Jennifer Fisher, chicagotribune.com, "After ICE raid concerns at Evanston street fair, Cook County drops ‘homeland security’ from department’s name," 28 Oct. 2019 Only against Ohio State did the Hoosiers not manage to pass that number, and DeBoer’s contract stipulates the bonus at the threshold of 60 percent of a season. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "Film room: How IU coordinator Kalen DeBoer has transformed Hoosiers' offense," 22 Oct. 2019 In 2016 Michigan passed a law stipulating that before a student can be suspended, school administrators must address discipline situations using other strategies besides zero tolerance. Patrice Gaines, NBC News, "Detroit school officials adopt new policy to reduce soaring classroom suspensions," 15 Oct. 2019 Authorities have instructed bystanders to avoid the mall area until it is cleared and stipulated a specific zone for members of the media covering the story on the ground. Nick Givas, Fox News, "Reports of shots fired at Florida mall sparks panic, police response," 14 Oct. 2019 The 2015 deal 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. BostonGlobe.com, "But participants in Sunday’s rally denounced the move as a capitulation to Russia, which has backed the separatists.," 7 Oct. 2019 Now, the Long Beach police union has proposed new contract language stipulating officers be informed when records pertaining to them are requested, and to be given five days to review the records before they are released. Melissa Gira Grant, The New Republic, "Not Even the Police Union Could Save Amber Guyger," 3 Oct. 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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“Stipulate.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stipulating. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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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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