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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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
Recent Examples on the Web Except for the Breakthrough Prize, most come with stipulation they be used to further his research, which has produced lasting cures in some patients whose diagnoses historically meant a death sentence. Todd Ackerman, Houston Chronicle, "Immunotherapy pioneer Jim Allison still reeling in prizes, money," 23 Jan. 2018 Prescribed burns also can resume with some stipulations. Washington Post, "Judge eases Christmas tree-cutting ban in fight over owl," 23 Oct. 2019 The Design Advisory Committee gave its initial approval with some stipulations. Robert Higgs, cleveland, "JACK Entertainment pitches new aerial walkway as a key to sparking downtown economic growth on Ontario," 3 Oct. 2019 She was ordered held on a $500,000 bond with stipulations including not having a firearm. Kc Baker,, "Wash. Mom Allegedly Asked Kids Not to Be Home, Then Killed Husband — But Claims Self-Defense," 18 Sep. 2019 One element of these changes was a stipulation to space out the presidential nominating schedule. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "The 2020 Iowa Caucuses Won’t Decide Who Will Be President—But They Will Decide Who Won’t," 26 Nov. 2019 Moreover, restricting the initiative to projects in developed markets is a fainthearted stipulation that will hopefully be swiftly abandoned. Washington Post, "Two Faint Cheers for Norway’s Renewable Energy Push," 20 Sep. 2019 There are stipulations, of course, ensuring that pedestrians and wheelchair users have ample room to get by. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "In St. Paul, a look at rules and regulations that need to go away," 7 July 2019 When the city said no, the site was offered to the A’s at $85 million — and one stipulation was the team’s promise to remain in Oakland. Susan Slusser,, "A’s Mailbag: Stephen Piscotty a potential trade piece? Other potential moves?," 15 Oct. 2019

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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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15 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Stipulation.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

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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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