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From Latin stipula ‎(a straw). Romans used to break a straw, as a sign of agreement between the negotiating parties, and the stipulations were put in a written form.



stipulation ‎(plural stipulations)

  1. The act of stipulating; a contracting or bargaining; an agreement.
  2. Something that is stated or stipulated as a condition of an agreement.
    The stipulations of the contract won't allow you to do that.
    If I lend you my car, my only stipulation is that you fill up the gas tank before returning it.
  3. (botany) The situation, arrangement, and structure of the stipules.
  4. (chess) A goal to be achieved in a chess problem; for example, to checkmate Black within a specified number of moves.