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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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Beautiful restorations should be a transforming experience, but that experience is diminished when the provisional looks and feels different from the final restoration," said Lee Ann Brady, DMD, who has tested the new provisional material.
A: The Real IRA made its biggest inroads into the Provisionals' Southern Command in the Irish Republic, with Janes' Intelligence Review reporting in October 1998 that up to 30 experienced Provisional IRA operators had joined its ranks.
Provisional Thoughts: Terry Labonte, who has not missed a Winston Cup race since the end of the 1978 season, will match Richardt Petty's record of 513 consecutive starts on Sunday in the First Union 400 at North Wilkesboro.