Meaning of provisional

pro•vi•sion•al

Pronunciation: (pru-vizh'u-nl), [key]
— 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.
—n.
  1. a stamp that serves temporarily, pending the appearance of the regular issue, or during a temporary shortage of the regular stamps.
  2. a provisional member of a group.
  3. (usually cap.) a member of the Provisional wing of the Irish Republican Army.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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