stip·​u·​la·​tion | \ ˌsti-pyə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce stipulation (audio) \

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 How to pronounce stipulatory (audio) \ 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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Even that relatively timid scene had to follow strict stipulations from S&P in order to air on a network. Whitney Friedlander, Marie Claire, "TV Sex Scenes Are Unrealistic. Rachel Bloom Wants to Change That," 1 Mar. 2019 There are no stipulations that specifically state that candidates who have appeared on other shows before cannot compete on AGT. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'America's Got Talent' Fans Are Taking Issue With Courtney Hadwin After Discovering Her Past," 15 Aug. 2018 Yet one lawyer claimed the stipulation was a violation of a potential buyer’s First Amendment rights. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "She wouldn't sell home to Trump fans -- now price is $100G lower," 25 Aug. 2018 Fireworks retailers can still set up shop because of a stipulation in the law that allows retailers to sell fireworks to military organizations, for ceremonies at sporting events, for licensed demonstrations and for railroad workers as lighting. Kyle Arnold,, "Fireworks are illegal — but here's how Floridians get away with buying them," 3 July 2018 President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un commit to implement the stipulations in this joint statement fully and expeditiously. Fox News, "Statement from Trump, Kim Jong Un: Read the text," 13 June 2018 Frances McDormand famously mentioned the stipulation in her Oscar speech this year. Garrett Mitchell, azcentral, "Ashley Judd talks about Time's Up, #MeToo and her humanitarian work," 27 Mar. 2018 The only real stipulation in deciding area codes was that those too close to each other should be far apart to avoid misdialing and confusion. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Where Area Codes Came From, And Why They Don't Make Sense," 3 Nov. 2017 The stipulation preemptively closes a potential loophole in which California could acquire cheap energy from polluting plants in border states. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Governor’s desk last stop to California pledging 100% carbon-free energy by 2045," 30 Aug. 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 How to pronounce stipulation (audio) \

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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