provisional adj1 : provided for a temporary need
: suitable or acceptable in the existing situation but subject to change or nullification [a government] [ custody of a minor]
2 : of, relating to, or being temporary judicial acts or proceedings (as of attachment, injunction, or sequestration) allowed before final judgment to protect the interests of one or more parties to an action [a remedy]
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.