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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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These assertions seem to him to replicate a Platonic escape to a reified, ahistorical fable--far from the incessant and enveloping tides of contingency and provisionality, of the dialectic of lethe and aletheia, of hiddenness and truth.
With this insight, we arrive at Rudolph's explanation for how Augustine's reflections additionally foreground the constitutive absence that mobilizes the dynamic provisionality of reference and thereby open the door to differance as the condition and effect of iteration.
However, the inexorable but subtly distracting movement of the narrative imposes a provisionality on the reader's responses, and until the very end of the story it is extremely difficult to find a satisfying linear pattern to this story.
This provisionality seems to me far less dangerous than invoking Natural Law.
This achronic structure of this paper is a deliberately chosen strategy of defamiliarization, which may simultaneously serve to stress the irreducible provisionality of almost any biographical sequence.
The immediacy and provisionality cues could be de-coupled to determine if they work independently of one another and better define the effect of their interaction.
She writes: "postmodernism is a fundamentally contradictory enterprise: its art forms (and its theory) at once use and abuse, install and then destabilize convention in parodic ways, self-consciously pointing both to their own inherent paradoxes and provisionality and, of course, to their critical or ironic re-reading of the art of the past.
It will come as no surprise, given the work's aesthetics of provisionality, that this image suggests at once imprisonment--the world as we know it is like a cage--and freedom, too, for the 'smooth shining silver blank surface of the world' (p.
I offer an account of the provisionality of the Transcendental Aesthetic in another manuscript.
But the terms in which he expresses this desire begin to reveal the difficulty and tentative provisionality of the enterprise: "I think we want to retain the possibility that performance forms and practices can, on some occasions, retain their history, a critical ability to re-member a past that is sometimes outside the script of dominant "history" (132-33, my emphases).
The truth of the historical world is presented, in this case, as an emergent web of multiple narratives that are consciously informed by the subjective and the provisionality of memory.