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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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However, the provisional order must be submitted to the assembly for ratification as soon as it convened.
With the provisional membership, the AIBA also ended the role of the Indian Olympic Committee- appointed boxing ad hoc committee.
A scan of a pre-waxed provisional restoration, representing the desired contours, was made using the E4D image acquisition wand.
Many studies have been conducted to evaluate the effect of different techniques as well as the materials on the marginal adaptation of provisional restorations.
As has been the case in recent years Sefton council could not provide provisional A-level results.
There could be a legal tussle by the Romney and Obama campaigns to access the list of those provisional voters to make sure their votes are counted, Huefner added.
France will recognize the provisional government of Syria once it is formed.
The spring 2011 figures were announced by the Department for Transport which has already given provisional figures showing that deaths rose from 414 in the first three months of 2010 to 440 in January-March 2011.
Boeing Training & Flight Services is working with the FAA to get provisional approval of the training devices so that formal pilot training can commence.
If a ruling on provisional safeguards had been adopted but not communicated to the appellant, a term for filing an appeal shall start from the date of producing a copy of the ruling to the mentioned person.
52 for one of Oregon's 13 provisional qualifying marks.
ISLAMABAD, August 29, 2009 (Frontier Star): Pakistan Muslim League like-minded group has written a letter to Chief Election Commissioner informing it formally that the general council of the party has elected provisional office bearers unanimously.

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