If all stipulations aren't met, the deal's off. By not reading the contract's fine print, you overlooked the stipulation that you perform in a clown suit. At least you can juggle.

The Latin root of stipulation is stipulat-, meaning “demanded as a formal promise.” The judge might allow you to go free, with the stipulation that you never again go swimming in a public fountain. A nightly foot massage could be one of many stipulations detailed in your “dating agreement.” Right or left tonight?

Definitions of stipulation

n a restriction that is insisted upon as a condition for an agreement

Type of:
confinement, restriction
the act of keeping something within specified bounds (by force if necessary)

n (law) an agreement or concession made by parties in a judicial proceeding (or by their attorneys) relating to the business before the court; must be in writing unless they are part of the court record

“a stipulation of fact was made in order to avoid delay”
judicial admission
Type of:
a point conceded or yielded

n an assumption on which rests the validity or effect of something else

condition, precondition
boundary condition
(mathematics) a condition specified for the solution to a set of differential equations
provision, proviso
a stipulated condition
Type of:
assumption, premise, premiss
a statement that is assumed to be true and from which a conclusion can be drawn

Sign up, it's free!

Whether you're a student, an educator, or a lifelong learner, can put you on the path to systematic vocabulary improvement.