I. adjectiveDate: 1601 serving for the time being ;temporary<a provisional government> • provisionallyadverbII. nounDate: 1886 a postage stamp for use until a regular issue appears — compare definitive
adj. & n. --adj. 1 providing for immediate needs only; temporary. 2 (Provisional) designating the unofficial wing of the IRA established in 1970, advocating terrorism. --n. (Provisional) a member of the Provisional wing of the IRA. Derivatives: provisionality n. provisionally adv. provisionalness n.
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.
You use provisional to describe something that has been arranged or appointed for the present, but may be changed in the future. ...the possibility of setting up a provisional coalition government...It was announced that the times were provisional and subject to confirmation.ADJ • provisionallyThe seven republics had provisionally agreed to the new relationship on November 14th.ADV: ADV with v