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Provisional

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.

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How would you characterize the difference between the artists you discuss in your articles on provisionality and the painters who are in Reinventing Abstraction?
It may be that the journal managed to strike a unique balance between rigour and provisionality, one that proved highly productive for the Centre and its interlocutors.
Not the least illuminating aspect of this article is its highlighting of the implication of narrative in such inferential practices and the provisionality and insecurities of human understanding dramatized thereby.
Christian faith must now be understood in light of the profound provisionality and contingency that inexorably distinguish contemporary thought and life.
constitut[e] the space of the political," and the political is transformed into a purely textual opposition between two regimes of narration--the temporally homogenizing master narrative of the nation and the provisionality of micro narratives or little stories which disturb and unsettle it (1994, 273).
AB: Thinking about the provisionality and the way these drawings exist to be looked at, I'm struck by how you employ a lot of machines for looking--the camera, the stereoscope, the telescope--and how making animations seems very democratic, since these films can essentially be viewed by vast numbers of people all at once.
Robert O'Shea's article, 'The Melbourne General Cemetery: The Provisionality of a Final Resting Place', considers how the administrative regulation and spatial organisation of the Melbourne General Cemetery has historically worked to exclude certain groups, notably Indigenous Australians, from collective memorialisation.
It is about recognizing the limited but effective way that language works, and about accepting that provisionality into the fabric of poetry.
While postcolonial theory has proven itself potent by exposing and often deconstructing the provisionality of imperialist rhetoric in colonial and neocolonial discourses, ecocriticism has often sought firmer ontological ground by examining the ways in which human affairs are regulated by their relation to a stable natural environment.
Turner suggests that 'the "liveness" of television, its investment in immediacy and provisionality, is in direct conflict with the regulated production imperatives implied by genre and format'.
Predictably, the exotic Other (such as the nomad) turns out to affirms the usual suspects of postmodem celebration: "Notions of mobility, fluidity, provisionality, and process are deemed preferable to stasis and fixity" (86).