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Definition of Provision


  1. The act of providing, or making previous preparation.
  2. That which is provided or prepared; that which is brought together or arranged in advance; measures taken beforehand; preparation.
  3. Especially, a stock of food; any kind of eatables collected or stored; -- often in the plural.
  4. That which is stipulated in advance; a condition; a previous agreement; a proviso; as, the provisions of a contract; the statute has many provisions.
  5. A canonical term for regular induction into a benefice, comprehending nomination, collation, and installation.
  6. A nomination by the pope to a benefice before it became vacant, depriving the patron of his right of presentation.
  7. To supply with food; to victual; as, to provision a garrison.

Provision Quotations

Every man should make his son or daughter learn some useful trade or profession, so that in these days of changing fortunes of being rich today and poor tomorrow they may have something tangible to fall back upon. This provision might save many persons from misery, who by some unexpected turn of fortune have lost all their means.
P. T. Barnum

Universal suffrage should rest upon universal education. To this end, liberal and permanent provision should be made for the support of free schools by the State governments, and, if need be, supplemented by legitimate aid from national authority.
Rutherford B. Hayes

Ireland, in breadth, and for wholesomeness and serenity of climate, far surpasses Britain; for the snow scarcely ever lies there above three days: no man makes hay in the summer for winter's provision, or builds stables for his beasts of burden... the island abounds in milk and honey.
Venerable Bede

This self-love is the instrument of our preservation; it resembles the provision for the perpetuity of mankind: it is necessary, it is dear to us, it gives us pleasure, and we must conceal it.

In October 1920 I went to Leeds as Reader in English Language, with a free commission to develop the linguistic side of a large and growing School of English Studies, in which no regular provision had as yet been made for the linguistic specialist.
J. R. R. Tolkien
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Provision Translations

provision in German is Vorsorge
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