(Latin: to demand a formal promise, to bargain; to arrive an an agreement; to compromise)

prestipulate (verb), prestipulates; prestipulated; prestipulating
To make no advanced specification or demand that something be agreed to before an action or a process starts: Before the administrator met with the scientists, Mr. Anderson did not prestipulate that they would have to follow any particular strategy to do their research.
prestipulation (s) (noun), prestipulations (pl)
No demands or requirements made in advance: The committee chairman, Mr. Gregory, did not set forth any prestipulations when the authors met to determine the objectives of the literary project.
stipulate (verb), stipulates; stipulated; stipulating
1. To make an express demand, or arrangement, as a condition of an accordance: The private school has rules that stipulate that students must wear uniforms.
2. To arrange expressly, or to specify in terms of an agreement: Carl, the auto salesman, stipulated a set price for the new car.

The bank stipulated that if interest rates went down too far, the financial investment would have to be cancelled and that was what was in the letter that had just arrived.

The law stipulates that new cars must have seat belts for the driver and every passenger.

The couple's contract with the decorator stipulates the maximum amount of money he can charge them.

3. To require as an essential condition in making an amity: A total disarmament was stipulated if there was to be a peace treaty between the two countries.
4. To promise, while making a mutual understanding: The bookseller stipulated that the books would be delivered by the date the customer had specified.
5. In law, to accept (a proposition) without requiring that it be established by proof: Judge Havilland was stipulating that the existence of certain facts or that an expert witness had to be qualified to present reasonable data to the court.
stipulated (adjective) (not comparable)
1. That which is stated exactly as to how something must be done: The web-site programmer and the owner of the internet site worked together to provide the stipulated devices that would make it easier to provide more content with greater efficiently.
2. Required as a condition of a contract or agreement: The executives of the two companies officially signed the stipulated contract.

Salmon was once so plentiful and inexpensive that it was served too often to workers on farms in Colonial America and so the workers had stipulated clauses in their contracts stating that they would not be served salmon in their meals more than twice a week.

3. Specified, promised, or guaranteed in an agreement: The landlord and the occupant of the apartment came to a stipulated arrangement regarding the restrictions on having pets.
stipulated authority (s) (noun), stipulated authorities (pl)
1. Someone who is in a position of power and especially, a public office: Mayor Dawson gave the contractor stipulated authority to develop better school facilities for the city.
2. A government agency or corporation which administers a revenue-producing public enterprise authority: The stipulated authorities of the commerce department included ways to provide more job opportunities for unemployed people.
stipulated damages (pl) (noun) (no singular)
A sum agreed to by the parties to be paid: The court ruled that stipulated damages had to be paid by the contractor who violated an agreement he made with the construction workers.
stipulation (s) (noun), stipulations (pl)
1. Something that expresses a demand, or an arrangement: There was a stipulation in the contract that the house would be completed no later than six months from the date of the signing of the agreement.
2. An agreement, usually on a procedural matter, between the attorneys for the two sides in a legal action: Some stipulations are oral, but the legal courts often require, or stipulate, that a stipulation must be put in writing, signed, and filed with a judge.
A condition, demand, or promise in agreement.
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An act or agreeing or insisting on something.
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stipulative (adjective), more stipulative, most stipulative
1. Relating to something that is merely asserted or declared with assurance in an ad hoc fashion (for a particular purpose) rather than following logically from general principles: The right to demand back payment if a contract fails is generally reserved as a stipulative condition between those who have made the arrangements.
2. A definition in which a new or currently existing term is given a new meaning for the purposes of argument or discussion in a given context: The stipulative definition in the dictionary was presented because so many publications were using the new meaning.
stipulator (s) (noun), stipulators (pl)
1. Someone who specifies or arranges a covenant: Mr. Jackson, the stipulator, made a decision with the auto dealer for a date of payment and a price for the car.
2. Those who guarantee or promise (something) in an agreement with another person, organization, etc.: The stipulators arranged a written contract with the bank to pay the loan no later than two years from the date they were signing the agreement.
unstipulated (adjective), more unstipulated, most unstipulated
1. That which does not specify a condition or has an undetermined requirement in a contract or agreement: The discussion ended with an unstipulated procedure for continuing with the project.
2. When someone makes an unspecified demand, or provision, in an agreement: Jack and Janice were planning to consult a lawyer because they were always coming up with unstipulated opinions as to how they would settle the division of their property at the time of their divorce.