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Definition temporary; or in effect while awaiting approval or a more permanent solution
  • 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
  • Not all provisional ballots will be counted.
  • —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
  • Provisionally at least, your guilt is seen as proven.
    Franz Kafka  --  The Trial
  • 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
  • So they gave us provisional visas.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  A Farewell to Arms
  • I'm going to try to form a provisional company.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • It was from the "Japanese Provisional Military Police."
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter's Daughter
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 pavement turned to dirt, then roads turned into paths, and the houses grew more and more provisional.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • 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
  • "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

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