pro ‧ vi ‧ sion ‧ al /prəˈvɪʒ ə nəl/ BrE AmE adjective formal
[ Word Family: noun : ↑ provider , ↑ provision , provisions; verb : ↑ provide , ↑ provision ; adverb : ↑ provisionally ; adjective : ↑ provisional ]
likely or able to be changed in the future:
a provisional government
We accept provisional bookings by phone.
—provisionally adverb :
The meeting has been provisionally arranged for the end of May.
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▪ temporary continuing for only a limited period of time:
I’ve got a temporary office job, but I hope I’ll find something more permanent soon.
I’m sure the problem is only temporary.
a temporary visa
▪ provisional temporary – used especially about arrangements or information that people may decide to change in the future. Also used about licences or governments which are only arranged to last for a short time:
Does the hotel accept provisional bookings?
They have set a provisional date for the next meeting.
a provisional driving licence
In June, the rebels claimed to have formed a provisional government.
Provisional figures yesterday from the Department of Transport showed that 4,274 people were killed last year — 6 percent fewer than the previous year.
▪ stopgap [only before noun] temporary – used about something that you use for a short time until you can replace it with something better:
The Republicans will approve the one-month budget as a stopgap measure to keep the state operating.
This is only a stopgap solution to the country’s debt problem.
▪ passing [only before noun] temporary – used about an interest, thought, or feeling that is short and not very serious:
Tonight’s game will be exciting, even to those with only a passing interest in the sport.
As a student, I didn’t give working in finance even a passing thought.
▪ ephemeral formal existing or popular for only a short time:
the ephemeral beauty of white snow on green trees and bare branches
Many new words, particularly slang, are fleeting and ephemeral.
▪ transient formal continuing for only a limited time, or staying somewhere for only a short time – used especially to say that something is always changing, or people only stay somewhere for a short time:
the transient nature of life
transient changes in the electrical properties of the neurons
Arizona has a highly transient population.