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  • She will head the provisional government until elections can be held.
  • Some states issue a provisional driver’s license and require no moving violations under it prior to issuing a full license.
  • We reached a provisional agreement, but still need to work out details and get final approval.
  • hired under a provisional contract

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  • Not all provisional ballots will be counted.
  • I, Franklin Hata, retired supplier of home medical goods, expatriate and war veteran and now suburban lap swimmer nonpareil, can operate only provisionally at present, even in the wane of my life.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Provisional.
    Holly Goldberg Sloan  --  Counting by 7s
  • Finally the room was left—after these last twenty minutes of delirious activity—in what might be termed provisional silence, amid the depths of which I could hear only the soft heartsick adagio scratching on the phonograph, and the woman’s broken sobs on the bed above me.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • He still isn’t telling, and I am reassured: despite his changed facade, his thinning hair and provisional suit, he is still the same person underneath.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • But sometimes other arrangements can be made if we get provisional approval, especially in a situation like yours.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch

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  • No interim period for—I don’t know—a provisional government-in-training?
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • The version in use in 1984, and embodied in the Ninth and Tenth Editions of the Newspeak Dictionary, was a provisional one, and contained many superfluous words and archaic formations which were due to be suppressed later.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • D’Artagnan did reflect, and resolved to thrash Planchet provisionally; which he did with the conscientiousness that d’Artagnan carried into everything.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • So they gave us provisional visas.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  A Farewell to Arms
  • As soon as something like a provisional programme had been hastily cobbled together important announcements would come in, either from the front or of a diplomatic nature.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • By the way, Jarvis, we arranged the funeral provisionally for tomorrow afternoon, after a service in the Parkwold Church.
    Alan Paton  --  Cry, the Beloved Country
  • I inquired, provisionally.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • The ending of the story is therefore made even more provisional and uncertain by the quote from Isaiah.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • I happen to be going in the direction of the court-house, that is to say, in the direction of the hotel of the prefecture; for the court-house is undergoing repairs just at this moment, and the courts are holding their sittings provisionally in the prefecture.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • She’s been worried about him not having a church up here and has worked up a provisional plan, which she now springs.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • At a provisional estimate, the alterations that the Medical Officer asserts to be desirable will cost somewhere about twenty thousand pounds.
    Henrik Ibsen  --  An Enemy of the People
  • Second, we have arranged for a provisional government.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • I’m going to try to form a provisional company.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • —You wish me to say, Stephen answered, that the rights of property are provisional, and that in certain circumstances it is not unlawful to rob.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • In the gray twilight those retchings seemed to echo like the calls of some rude provisional species loosed upon that waste.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  All the Pretty Horses
  • Why might these several provisional contingencies between a guest and a hostess not necessarily preclude or be precluded by a permanent eventuality of reconciliatory union between a schoolfellow and a jew’s daughter?
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • "But if Mr. Stelling catches you carrying it in?" said Mr. Poulter, pocketing the crown-piece provisionally while he raised this new doubt.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • The pavement turned to dirt, then roads turned into paths, and the houses grew more and more provisional.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • Some were beginning to look as if they did not know how they had come there, what they had come for, or how they were going to get home again; and provisionally sat on with a dazed smile.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • He would accept any employment which might be offered him on the strength of his late employer’s recommendation; but he would accept it as a provisional thing only.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • Florentino Ariza, for his part, had received provisional appointment as First Assistant at the telegraph office, and Lotario Thugut wanted him to head the office when he left to direct the School of Telegraphy and Magnetism, which he expected to do the following year.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • In residential areas especially, sheets of corrugated roofing metal had been placed on end to make provisional-looking barriers, all high enough to block direct gunfire, which I imagined was their purpose.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • Or was I a foolish, uncorrected, blundering, provisional, unreliable man, this was taken away as of no account and couldn’t have any sense or meaning.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • To his wife he no longer counted: he had become extinct when he ceased to fulfil his purpose, and she sat at his side with the provisional air of a traveller who waits for a belated train to start.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • This was the Great Place, Mqhekezweni, the provisional capital of Thembuland, the royal residence of Chief Jongintaba Dalindyebo, acting regent of the Thembu people.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • Custom! that skilful but unhurrying manager who begins by torturing the mind for weeks on end with her provisional arrangements; whom the mind, for all that, is fortunate in discovering, for without the help of custom it would never contrive, by its own efforts, to make any room seem habitable.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • I suppose it was that in courtship everything is regarded as provisional and preliminary, and the smallest sample of virtue or accomplishment is taken to guarantee delightful stores which the broad leisure of marriage will reveal.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • But meanwhile he had to go on living, and, until he formed a theory of conduct, he made himself a provisional rule.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • She would deceive you, under any circumstances, as little as might be; but she had a trick of answering in this provisional form.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • He believed it provisionally here in this room located below street level in a frame house on a weekday afternoon in Cliffside Park, New Jersey.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • Jean de Satigny settled his wife provisionally in a hotel and turned his attention to the task of finding them lodgings worthy of his new status.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • A bill for a "provisional army" was passed, but not before it was cut from 25,000 men to 10,000, which was still more than Adams had asked for or wanted.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • The furious revolt of the first weeks had given place to a vast despondency, not to be taken for resignation, though it was none the less a sort of passive and provisional acquiescence.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • As he rolled along in the train he asked himself what had become of his revenge, and he was able to say that it was provisionally pigeon-holed in a very safe place; it would keep till called for.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • The diet of the provisional mess table, the noise & scurry and the puddles and rain do not leave a dilapidated old man much comfort & my throat & mouth are still in such condition that I have to keep slopping victuals.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • (This note is made provisionally, in order to explain in part why it is now so difficult to give any clear description of her.) Certainly there she was, in the very centre of that great Cathedral space which was childhood ; there she was from the very first.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Sketch of the Past
  • Provisionally at least, your guilt is seen as proven.
    Franz Kafka  --  The Trial
  • It was from the "Japanese Provisional Military Police."
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter’s Daughter
  • He is said to be linked with the Japanese Red Army, the Organization for the Armed Arab Struggle, the West German Baader-Meinhof gang, the Quebec Liberation Front, the Turkish Popular Liberation Front, separatists in France and Spain, and the Provisional wing of the Irish Republican Army.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • The republic refused to recognize the Provisional Government and split off from the rest of Russia.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
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