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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj provisional under terms not final or fully worked out or agreed upon "probationary employees","a provisional government","just a tentative schedule"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Provisional 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • provisional Provided for present need or for the occasion; temporarily established; temporary: as, a provisional regulation; a provisional treaty.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Provisional provided for the occasion: temporary: containing a provision
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. provisionnel,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L.,—provisus, pa.p. of providēre.


In literature:

A provisional military government in the conquered States was to pursue a pacific, protective, helpful policy.
"History of the Negro Race in America from 1619 to 1880. Vol. 2 (of 2)" by George Washington Williams
Besides which, the whole thing is provisional.
"The Young Franc Tireurs" by G. A. Henty
The foreigners created a pretended provisional government.
"Memoirs of the Private Life, Return, and Reign of Napoleon in 1815, Vol. I" by Pierre Antoine Edouard Fleury de Chaboulon
The Provisional North Russian Government was organized.
"The History of the American Expedition Fighting the Bolsheviki" by Joel R. Moore
All conditions were provisional until a treaty was arranged between the Powers.
"Canada" by J. G. Bourinot
Regular and Provisional Navy-bills.
"Four Years in Rebel Capitals" by T. C. DeLeon
As to this he had made a provisional arrangement with Froben, shortly after his arrival at Basle.
"Erasmus and the Age of Reformation" by Johan Huizinga
I demand a provisional government!
"Edmond Dantès" by Edmund Flagg
Meantime, it is not by provisional acts, or acts of sudden emergency, that we estimate the service of a senate.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, No. CCCXXXVI. October, 1843. Vol. LIV." by Various
He sat down, provisionally, like a man who finds himself much against his will in doubtful company.
"Chance" by Joseph Conrad
I am unable to identify these animals, but provisionally refer them to the rabbit.
"Archeological Expedition to Arizona in 1895" by Jesse Walter Fewkes
What have you done with the provisional government of Kentucky?
"Incidents of the War: Humorous, Pathetic, and Descriptive" by Alf Burnett
February 4, 1861, delegates from the States which had left the Union met at Montgomery, Ala., and formed themselves into a provisional Congress.
"History of the United States, Volume 3 (of 6)" by E. Benjamin Andrews
Fathers and mothers, babies and grandmothers, with baskets of lunch and bundles of provisional necessities, in for the day.
"At Fault" by Kate Chopin
A provisional Panama government was organized.
"History of the United States, Volume 6 (of 6)" by E. Benjamin Andrews
The chief hope of the moderates had been the provisional character of English rule.
"The New World of Islam" by Lothrop Stoddard
I told him that it should be put in force provisionally, till the pleasure of his government is made known.
"The Hour and the Man" by Harriet Martineau
Accident placed many offices in his provisional gift.
"The History of Tasmania, Volume I (of 2)" by John West
Brodrick and the others had accepted the unique invitation, Laura Gunning provisionally.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
Howell Cobb of Georgia was chosen President of the Provisional Congress.
"Robert Toombs" by Pleasant A. Stovall

In poetry:

Away with all these makeshift toys,
Provisional for heart and sense,
Which kept a useful equipoise
'Gainst sheer indifference!
"Free" by Alfred Austin

In news:

COLUMBUS --A federal court judge sided Tuesday with a homeless coalition and said Ohio must count provisional ballots cast on Nov 6 that lack or contain incomplete voter identification information.
According to Ford County Clerk and Election Officer Sharon Seibel, 446 provisional ballots were cast county-wide.
The race for sheriff in Rockdale County was so close that it took provisional and military ballots to decide it.
(CTLE) Announces Award of Provisional Patent for Next-Generation Thermal Insulation Products.
Carriers such as Dubai's Emirates Airline and British Airways had planned on the new mini- jumbo, provisionally called the 777X, entering service by the end of the current decade.
With four of four precincts reporting, but not including provisional ballots.
As mail-in and provisional ballots continue to be tabulated the numbers will change for those vying for City Council, but the lineup will remain the same.
Long Lines, Demands for ID and Provisional Ballots Mar Voting for Some.
Russia's anti-doping agency says discus thrower Darya Pishchalnikova has been provisionally suspended by the IAAF after a positive doping test that could cost her the silver medal from the London Olympics.
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's anti-doping agency says discus thrower Darya Pishchalnikova has been provisionally suspended by the IAAF after a positive doping test that could cost her the silver medal from the London Olympics.
Voting rights advocates worried whether provisional ballots would be counted.
Albany Tech officials say they have been given provisional approval by the Georgia Board of Nurses to accept students into its new Associate of Science Nursing program.
Tuscarawas County's Board of Elections Director says a dispute over whether to count seventeen provisional ballots will be settled by the secretary of state.
WASHINGTON—Challenges at the polls, voter confusion and potential problems with provisional ballots in many key states are among the top Election Day concerns for voting rights groups and the presidential campaigns themselves.
Politics / News Provisional Headaches: Election 2012.

In science:

The provisional indication is that only a small fraction of these galaxies can have axisymmetric intrinsic shapes.
SAURON: An Innovative Look at Early-Type Galaxies
It is somewhat arbitrary and used here only provisionally.
The Structure Function Working Group Summary: DIS2002
The wave function would prove to be a provisional or incomplete description of the quantum mechanical put, of which an ob jective account would be come possible.
Hidden Variables, Non Contextuality and Einstein-Locality in Quantum Mechanics
His initial efforts were to see whether Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle can be circumvented and thereby showing the provisional nature of quantum mechanics.
Hidden Variables, Non Contextuality and Einstein-Locality in Quantum Mechanics
Such a classical, non-quantum-cosmological description of M is provisional, not fundamental.
Retroduction, Multiverse Hypotheses and Their Testability
Thus, from this point of view, the existence of an ensemble of universes or universe domains would be strongly, though provisionally, supported (but not logically deduced!).
Retroduction, Multiverse Hypotheses and Their Testability
Until such proof is available, our analysis here must remain provisional.
Cepheid Distances to SNe Ia Host Galaxies based on a Revised Photometric Zero-Point of the HST-WFPC2 and New P-L Relations and Metallicity Corrections
MRST implement a full NNLO VFNS45 and use the Drell-Yan cross-sections35 for the first time, leading to (provisional) full NNLO partons with uncertainties42 .
The Structure Functions and Low x Working Group Summary
As a provisional geometrization of this approach we shall construct these spaces with the help of the momentum map associated with the symplectic action of the unitary group on the K¨ahler manifold RH.
The space of density states in geometrical quantum mechanics
As the size of the societies was between 41 and 142, the comparison of the measured degree distributions P (k) with the power law function k−γ was rather provisional: some plots were maybe similar, some other not at all.
Around the gap between sociophysics and sociology
Because no theory or model can perfectly capture the complexity of an economy, all principles, theories and models, must be considered provisional and phenomenological, and continually tested against data.
Time and symmetry in models of economic markets
The previous provisional assignment of a one day halflife in 191Au deviates significantly from this value.
Discovery of the Gold Isotopes
Finally we must note that when it comes to the gas-rich galaxies accessible to current observational capabilities at high redshifts, our results, drawn for much less massive systems, remain provisional.
Molecular gas, CO, and star formation in galaxies: emergent empirical relations, feedback, and the evolution of very gas-rich systems
And finally the CloudWatch service can be integrated with an application provisioner for collecting real-time information related to application services and VMs.
Peer-to-Peer Cloud Provisioning: Service Discovery and Load-Balancing
Finally, intermediate releases, of some provisional results, are planned after a few years of observations.
Gaia and the Astrometry of Giant Planets