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proviso a clause that stipulates a condition or restriction in a document, such as a legal agreement or contract. [2 definitions]
provisory provisional; conditional.
provocation the act of provoking. [2 definitions]
provocative likely or serving to provoke; stimulating or arousing.
provoke to incite (a person) to anger, annoyance, deep emotion, or action. [3 definitions]
provolone a hard, pale, mild Italian cheese, usu. smoked and pear-shaped.
provost an official of high rank charged with managing and overseeing. [3 definitions]
provost court a military court in occupied territory for the trial of civilians or military personnel accused of minor infractions.
provost guard a police detail of soldiers under the command of a provost marshal.
provost marshal an army officer in charge of police functions. [2 definitions]
prow the pointed forward section of a ship or boat; bow.
prowess great skill or talent; superior ability. [2 definitions]
prowl to move about slowly and stealthily, as an animal stalks prey. [3 definitions]
prowler a person who goes about furtively, esp. if intending to commit a crime such as burglary. [2 definitions]
proxemics (used with a sing. verb) the study of how space is used and structured in work, personal relationships, and the like.
proximal located near the center of the body or toward the point of origin or attachment, as a bone. (Cf. distal.)
proximate very close or near in location or time. [3 definitions]
proximity the condition, quality, or fact of being near or close; nearness.
proximity fuze a fuze that uses a sensor to detonate a bomb, missile, or the like within a certain radius of the target.
proxy a person who is authorized to act for or on behalf of another, esp. as a voter; substitute. [3 definitions]
prude someone who is extremely or overly concerned with modesty or proper conduct, speech, dress, or the like.