Meaning of PROVISIONAL in English

— provisionality, provisionalness , n. — provisionally , adv.

/preuh vizh"euh nl/ , adj.

1. providing or serving for the time being only; existing only until permanently or properly replaced; temporary: a provisional government.

2. accepted or adopted tentatively; conditional; probationary.

3. ( usually cap. ) of or being the wing of the Irish Republican Army that follows a policy of violence.


4. Philately. a stamp that serves temporarily, pending the appearance of the regular issue, or during a temporary shortage of the regular stamps.

5. a provisional member of a group.

6. ( usually cap. ) a member of the Provisional wing of the Irish Republican Army.

Also, provisionary /preuh vizh"euh ner'ee/ (for defs. 1, 2).

[ 1595-1605; PROVISION + -AL 1 ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .