Provisional meaning

prə-vĭzhə-nəl
The definition of provisional is something arranged or done on a temporary basis with the intent to re-evaluate or change to something permanent later.

A new department head that is only awarded the job on a temporary basis is an example of a provisional department head.

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A temporary stamp that is used before the official issue is released.
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Provided or serving only for the time being.
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Of or relating to any of the extremist factions of the Irish Republican Army established in 1970.
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A person hired temporarily for a job, typically before having taken an examination qualifying the person for permanent employment.

Fire department provisionals.

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Having the nature of a temporary provision; arranged or established for the time being, pending permanent arrangement or establishment.
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A postage stamp issued, as by a postmaster, for temporary use pending an official issue.
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(philately) A postage stamp issued locally before an official issue is released.
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A member of the Provisional Irish Republican Army.
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A member of a Provisional faction of the Irish Republican Army.
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