proviso pro‧vi‧so [prəˈvaɪzəʊ ǁ -zoʊ] noun [countable]
1. LAW a part of a contract that covers a particular subject:

• Landlords frequently include a proviso stating that nothing contained in the lease shall prevent them from carrying out work on their property.

2. formal something that must happen before you will agree to something:
proviso that

• The only proviso is that you should let the office manager know well in advance if you decide to take a day off.

• Some companies are happy to invest in community projects, with the proviso that the government does not neglect its own duty.

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proviso UK US /prəˈvaɪzəʊ/ noun [C]
LAW a part of a legal document that states that something must happen or be done: »

The provisos set out in a lease cover a range of matters which a tenant should understand before signing it.

contain/include/carry a proviso »

Recent legislation includes a proviso that the country's private creditors agree to reduce their claims in order to make the debt burden more sustainable.

with/on the proviso that »

We are currently offering a new investment fund whose return tracks the FTSE 100, with the proviso that it can only fall by 5% a quarter.

something that must be done before something else happens or is agreed: »

You can buy back or sell the shares at any point - the only proviso is that any loss or money owed is within your account limit.

with/on the proviso that »

The firm will pay only half the fine on the proviso that it does not breach regulations again.

Financial and business terms. 2012.


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  • proviso — pro·vi·so /prə vī zō/ n pl sos or soes [Medieval Latin proviso quod provided that] 1: an article or clause (as in a statute or contract) that introduces a condition 2: a conditional stipulation Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster …   Law dictionary

  • Proviso — Pro*vi so, n.; pl. {Provisos}. [L., (it) being provided, abl. of provisus, p. p. of providere. See {Provide}, and cf. {Purview}.] An article or clause in any statute, agreement, contract, grant, or other writing, by which a condition is… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • proviso — mid 15c., from M.L. proviso (quod) provided (that), phrase at the beginning of clauses in legal documents (mid 14c.), from L. proviso it being provided, ablative neut. of provisus, pp. of providere (see PROVIDE (Cf. provide)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • proviso — (Del lat. proviso). al proviso. loc. adv. al instante …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • proviso — ► NOUN (pl. provisos) ▪ a condition attached to an agreement. ORIGIN from Latin proviso quod it being provided that …   English terms dictionary

  • proviso — [prə vī′zō΄, prōvī′zō΄] n. pl. provisos or provisoes [ML proviso (quod), provided (that) < L, abl. of provisus, pp. of providere: see PROVIDE] 1. a clause, as in a document or statute, making some condition or stipulation 2. a condition or… …   English World dictionary

  • proviso — *condition, stipulation, terms, provision, reservation, strings Analogous words: clause, article, *paragraph: limitation, restriction (see corresponding verbs at LIMIT): contingency, exigency (see JUNCTURE) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • proviso — has the plural form provisos …   Modern English usage

  • proviso — ► locución adverbial Se usa en la expresión al proviso para indicar al instante, de inmediato. * * * proviso (del lat. «provīso»). Al proviso. Enseguida. * * * proviso. (Del lat. proviso). al proviso. loc. adv. al instante. * * * proviso, al …   Enciclopedia Universal

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