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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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Browning wasn't making any predictions, estimating there could be about 2,000 absentee and 1,000 provisional ballots left to be counted in the 4th District race.
Its members see themselves as Irish republican purists, accusing the Provisional IRA of selling short republican ideals.
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.