stip·​u·​la·​tion | \ˌsti-pyə-ˈlā-shən \

Definition of stipulation 

1 : an act of stipulating

2 : something stipulated especially : a condition, requirement, or item specified in a legal instrument

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Other Words from stipulation

stipulatory \ˈsti-​pyə-​lə-​ˌtȯr-​ē \ adjective

Examples of stipulation in a Sentence

We agreed to the deal with the stipulation that she pay the expenses herself. their proposal for a baseball franchise includes several stipulations that are unacceptable

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Trump’s lawyers have unsuccessfully tried to circumvent the stipulation several times this year, the Post reported. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "Trump to provide written answers under oath in defamation lawsuit," 9 Sep. 2018 Earlier this month, Hostess CEO Daren Metropolis bought the Playboy Mansion under the stipulation that Hugh Hefner could live on the property for the rest of his life. Devin Alessio, ELLE Decor, "Live Like Joan Crawford In The Mansion From "Mommie Dearest"," 30 June 2016 In March the woman placed her Sacramento-area home on the market for $625,000 with one stipulation: The buyer must not be a Trump supporter. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "She wouldn't sell home to Trump fans -- now price is $100G lower," 25 Aug. 2018 The patient must have a diagnosis of death in less than six months, and must voluntarily request the lethal drugs themselves, among other stipulations. Jennifer Calfas, Time, "Overturning of California Right-to-Die Law Draws Brittany Maynard's Husband Back into Fight He Thought He Won," 16 May 2018 The practice stopped in 1991, and the schools agreed not to coordinate with one another regarding individual applicants, among other stipulations. Melissa Korn, WSJ, "Justice Department Probes Colleges’ Early-Decision Admission Practices," 7 Apr. 2018 Her approval includes eight stipulations regarding the project’s windows, lighting and other architectural and engineering features. Richard Webner, San Antonio Express-News, "City manager gives controversial Hays Street Bridge project the OK," 4 July 2018 But in March, Sculley made the unusual decision to defy the HDRC’s decision and approve the complex — with a long list of stipulations, including that the developer reach an agreement on its design with the Dignowity Hill Neighborhood Association. Richard Webner, San Antonio Express-News, "City manager gives controversial Hays Street Bridge project the OK," 4 July 2018 One of the stipulations in the documentation is that Real can choose not to sell to a direct rival - but how that is defined remains to be seen., "Is It Happening? Juventus Closing in on €100m Deal as Ronaldo 'Considers Leaving Real Madrid'," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of stipulation

circa 1552, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of stipulation was circa 1552

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English Language Learners Definition of stipulation

: something that is required as part of an agreement


stip·​u·​la·​tion | \ˌsti-pyə-ˈlā-shən \

Legal Definition of stipulation 

1 : an act of stipulating

2 : something stipulated: as

a : an agreement between parties regarding some aspect of a legal proceeding a stipulation of facts admitted the charges in a prehearing stipulationNew York Law Journal

b : a condition, requirement, or item specified in a legal instrument specifically : stipulation pour autrui

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