ETYM Latin, (it) being provided, abl. of provisus, p. p. of providere. Related to Provide, Purview.
An article or clause in any statute, agreement, contract, grant, or other writing, by which a condition is introduced, usually beginning with the word; a conditional stipulation that affects an agreement.
In law, a clause in a statute, deed, or some other legal document introducing a qualification or condition to some other provision, frequently the one immediately preceding the proviso itself.