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Temporary; not permanent. Tentative, contingent, preliminary.

A provisional civil service appointment is a temporary position that fills a vacancy until a test can be properly administered and statutory requirements can be fulfilled to make a permanent appointment.


adjective alterable, conditional, dependent on circumstances, equivocal, for a time, in a state of uncertainty, in tempus, indefinite, indeterminate, interim, limited, makeshift, modifiable, nonpermanent, of short duration, passing, provisory, subject to change, subject to terms, substitute, temporarily established, temporary, transient, transitional, transitory, unascertained, unassured, unconfirmed, undecided, undetermined, unsettled
Associated concepts: provisional appointment, provisional court, provisional employee, provisional government, prooisional receiver, provisional remedy
See also: conditional, contingent, dubious, empirical, interim, interlocutory, qualified, questionable, restrictive, speculative, subject, surrogate, temporary, tentative, transient, transitory, uncertain, vicarious
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Under HAVA, states are given discretion in determining when a provisional ballot is to be counted.
About 20 people who had voted using provisional ballots showed up at the wrong polling location, Mr.
These scores are provisional and we will publish confirmation of the final results and the prize winners when we have all the details.
Pick out a corresponding commercially available metal provisional crown.
The EAC considers provisional ballots one of its high priorities and is holding hearings.
Table 11: provisional cases of selected notifiable diseases, United States, weeks ending March 27, 2004 and March 22, 2003 (12th week).
But the coalition wants to adhere to a handover plan that calls for caucuses to choose a provisional assembly.
UMP was Australia's largest medical-malpractice insurer when it entered provisional liquidation.
Seventeen countries, including eight Asian countries, were hit with the provisional measures.
Instead, a new plan would require teachers to complete a teacher preparation program and only then do they receive a two-year provisional license.
The panel, which has been studying the advisability of the early release of data on gross domestic product (GDP), cited the possibility of a major discrepancy emerging between provisional data for early disclosure and the preliminary data currently offered.

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