Definition of proviso in English:

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Pronunciation: /prəˈvʌɪzəʊ/

noun (plural provisos)

A condition or qualification attached to an agreement or statement: he let his house with the proviso that his own staff should remain to run it
More example sentences
  • James Madison did not draft the Bill of Rights with limiting provisos or riders attached to it.
  • It is a blanket provision, and there are no exceptions, qualifications or provisos that apply to that offence provision.
  • Ireland had been fighting to put provisos into the clauses, but had not been insisting that the link between immigration, aid and trade policies be removed.
condition, stipulation, provision, clause, rider, qualification, restriction, reservation, caveat, limitation;


Late Middle English: from the medieval Latin phrase proviso (quod) 'it being provided (that)', from Latin providere 'foresee, provide'.

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