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At three o'clock the imperial dynasty was proclaimed as at an end, and a provisionary government installed.

Gentlemen, such are the series of experiments made by M. Gannal, since the first provisionary report was presented to you.

The new system was defined as the "Provisionary Consulate;" but this form was only transitional.

She had already taken that provisionary leap into a mythical future which is one of the perfunctory attitudes of maidenhood.

WORD ORIGIN

"as a temporary arrangement for the present," c.1600, from provision (n.) + -al (1), or else from Middle French provisionnal (15c.), from Old French provision. The notion is of something that will "provide for present needs." Related: Provisionally.

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