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provisional

(less commonly), provisionary
a postage stamp surcharged during an emergency to alter the stamp's denomination or significance until a new or regular issue is printed

Provisional

of, designating, or relating to the unofficial factions of the IRA and Sinn Féin that became increasingly dominant following a split in 1969. The Provisional movement remained committed to a policy of terrorism until its ceasefires of the mid-1990s
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Flat, offering nothing but a tiny bay for the convenience of embarkation, and under the protection of the governor, who went shares with them, smugglers made use of it as a provisional
She would deceive you, under any circumstances, as little as might be; but she had a trick of answering in this provisional form.
I suppose it was that in courtship everything is regarded as provisional and preliminary, and the smallest sample of virtue or accomplishment is taken to guarantee delightful stores which the broad leisure of marriage will reveal.