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provisional

(prō-vĭzh′ŭn-ăl) [L. provisio, provision]
Serving a temporary use pending permanent arrangements.
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In persistently touching on the psychological effects of the hotel's characteristic provisionality, James's descriptions anticipate modernist anxieties about the alienating force of the city, placing women at the very center of its aporias.
The characters move in and out of relationships, attachments are formed and dissolved without grand gestures and all these vicissitudes are presented as a "slice of life." PPT strives for greater realism in the representation of relationships, focusing on the darker side of love--infidelity, heartbreak, loneliness, economic struggle, the "work" that real relationships require to stay alive after the initial infatuation--and deflating romantic myths such as that of "love at first sight," the "One" or the "happily ever after." On the contrary, the film highlights the blurriness of the boundaries of romantic narratives and the provisionality of relationships in the contemporary romantic arena, where even the strongest-looking ones seem to have an expiry date, just as in real life.
(152) Applying similar requirements in Timor, tailored to local conditions, could have increased acceptance of the referendum's result by boosting provisionality and mutual respect between the relevant parties.
Stead's journalistic instinct--he was oriented toward the new, whether this was the next scandal, the latest technology, his next project--was complemented by his bureaucratic imagination and his concern for the provisionality of the moment and all those moments that had passed.
For early modernists reading the essays by Potterton, Hanly, Delogu, and Murphy, the provisionality of the medieval French nation is striking.
RAIL: How did you come to the idea of provisionality?
In re-reading the accounts below I can see this happening; even if I often felt radically constricted, not fully understanding each of the meanings and significations I was encountering, I could hear the multiplicity, enjoy the ambiguity, and eventually be satisfied with these conversations' provisionality and open-endedness (this, for someone trying to write a history, the hardest lesson to learn).
His rejection of "a comprehensive anarchist worldview and philosophy" is mirrored in the structure of the book, which consists of what he terms "fragments" rather than traditional chapters, the better to underscore the provisionality and narrow scope of his insights.
Known yet unknown, undiscovered yet constantly discovered and re-discovered, death has always been a gold mine providing ideas, work and wages for scientists, sociologists, philosophers, artists, literary critics, and many others who find life's provisionality in any way "uncanny".
It is admitting this provisionality of our theological statements, even though they are "strongly assertive ...