Definition of provisory in English:

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Pronunciation: /prəˈvīz(ə)rē/
Pronunciation: /prōˈvīz(ə)rē/


1 rare Subject to a proviso; conditional.
Example sentences
  • The Company also was loaned $409000 from IIBI in the form of a provisory note to cover the Company's short-term cash flow needs.
  • The provisory decree (medida provisoria) creating the public broadcasting system must be approved by Congress before becoming law.
2 another term for provisional (sense 1 of the adjective).
Example sentences
  • Tents and wooden structures, an entire provisory village, surrounded the outskirts of the open height of the central site.
  • Due to the fact that the reorganisation of dioceses in the East had been considered since 1945 as a provisory structure, the Catholic Church envisaged from 1990 a new diocesan map, which would not concern itself exclusively with the East.
  • The cold and warm vessel are leak tested using provisory covers.


Early 17th century: from French provisoire or medieval Latin provisorius, from provis- 'foreseen, attended to', from the verb providere (see provide).

Words that rhyme with provisory

advisory, revisory, supervisory

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Syllabification: pro·vi·so·ry

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