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1arranged or existing for the present, possibly to be changed later:a provisional government a provisional construction permit (of a postage stamp) put into circulation temporarily, usually owing to the unavailability of the definitive issue. 2 (Provisional) [attributive] of or relating to the unofficial wings of the Irish Republican Army and Sinn Fein established in 1969 and advocating terrorism.
1a provisional postage stamp.
2 (Provisional) a member of the Provisional wings of the Irish Republican Army or Sinn Fein.