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proviso Line breaks: pro|viso
Pronunciation: /prəˈvʌɪzəʊ/

Definition of proviso in English:

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.


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

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