provisional


provisional
provisional 1 Provisional, tentative are comparable when they mean not final or definitive.
Something provisional is adopted only for the time being and will be discarded when the final or definitive form is established or when the need which called it into being no longer exists. Provisional, therefore, is used to describe something made or devised while its permanent successor is in process of formation or construction
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a provisional government

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these provisional assemblies would decide the conditions under which elections should be held— Cronyn

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or when circumstances prevent introduction of a corresponding definitive or permanent thing; thus, a provisional order of a government agency is one subject to review and revision by the legislative branch; a provisional license or certificate (as of a driver or a teacher) is one destined to be replaced by a permanent license or certificate if the holder maintains certain standards or meets certain additional qualifications.
Something tentative is of the nature of a trial or experiment or serves as a test of a thing's practicability or feasibility
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the awakening of the modern world to consciousness, and its first tentative, then fuller, then rapturous expression of it— J. R. Lowell

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it would be folly to treat the first tentative results as final— Jeans

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Maria was entranced with this reverent gesture, and her tentative approval of her cousin settled into awed respect— Hervey

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Analogous words: *temporary: conditional, *dependent, contingent
Antonyms: definitive
2 *temporary, ad interim, acting, supply

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  • provisional — pro·vi·sion·al /prə vi zhə nəl/ adj 1: provided for a temporary need: suitable or acceptable in the existing situation but subject to change or nullification a provisional government provisional custody of a minor 2: of, relating to, or being… …   Law dictionary

  • provisional — adjetivo 1. Que no es definitivo, sino que sólo dura un tiempo: Esto es un arreglo provisional, sólo te va a durar unos meses, luego tendrás que volverlo a arreglar. Te ofrezco un trabajo provisional, tienes que sustituir a una persona que está… …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • provisional — (De provisión). adj. Que se hace, se halla o se tiene temporalmente. ☛ V. alférez provisional, conclusión provisional, libertad provisional, sobreseimiento provisional …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • provisional — ► ADJECTIVE 1) arranged or existing for the present, possibly to be changed later. 2) (Provisional) relating to the unofficial wings of the IRA and Sinn Fein. ► NOUN (Provisional) ▪ a member of the Provisional wing of the IRA or Sinn Fein.… …   English terms dictionary

  • Provisional — Pro*vi sion*al, a. [Cf. F. provisionnel.] Of the nature of a provision; serving as a provision for the time being; used of partial or temporary arrangements; as, a provisional government; a provisional treaty. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • provisional — Que no es final o definitivo, como un hallazgo experimental que todavía no ha sido validado. Diccionario Mosby Medicina, Enfermería y Ciencias de la Salud, Ediciones Hancourt, S.A. 1999 …   Diccionario médico

  • provisional — (adj.) of temporary arrangements, c.1600, from Fr. provisionnal (late 15c.), from O.Fr. provision (see PROVISION (Cf. provision)). The notion is of something that will provide for present needs. Related: Provisionally …   Etymology dictionary

  • provisional — adj. 2 g. 1. Feito por provisão. 2. Provisório, interino …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • provisional — [adj] contingent, tentative conditional, dependent, ephemeral, experimental, interim, limited, makeshift, passing, pro tem, provisionary, provisory, qualified, rough andready*, stopgap*, temporary, test, transient, transitional; concepts… …   New thesaurus

  • provisional — ☆ provisional [prō vizh′ə ner΄ē, prə vizh′əner΄ēprə vizh′ə nəl, prōvizh′ə nəl] adj. having the nature of a temporary provision; arranged or established for the time being, pending permanent arrangement or establishment: also provisionary [prō… …   English World dictionary


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