• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Provisor (R. C. Ch) One who is regularly inducted into a benefice. See Provision, 5.
    • Provisor (Eng. Hist) One who procures or receives a papal provision. See Provision, 6.
    • Provisor One who provides; a purveyor. "The chief provisor of our horse."
    • Provisor (R. C. Ch) The purveyor, steward, or treasurer of a religious house.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n provisor One who provides; a purveyor; a provider.
    • n provisor A person who has the right, gained by mandate of the Pope, to be in future presented to a benefice which is not vacant at the time of the grant. See provide, 6. In England, the appointment of provisors was restrained by statutes of Richard II. and Henry IV.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Provisor prō-vī′zor one who provides: a purveyor: a person to whom the pope has granted the right to the next vacancy in a benefice
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. providere,: cf. F. proviseur,. See Provide


In literature:

Morton had gone beyond the limits of the statute of provisors in receiving powers from Pope Innocent to visit the monasteries.
"The Reign of Henry the Eighth, Volume 1 (of 3)" by James Anthony Froude
The ecclesiastical fiscal was informed of it, and he informed the provisor and vicar-general of it.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898, Volume XXI, 1624" by Various
Provisors who had accepted appointments from Avignon were to be arrested.
"The History of England" by T.F. Tout
But resistance to provisors only brought fresh vexations.
"History of the English People, Volume II (of 8)" by John Richard Green
With the permission of the lord provisor and of the alcalde Don Pedro Pantoja de Ayala.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898, Volume XXIV, 1630-34" by Various
The provisor resisted him, and informed the archbishop thereof.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898, Volume XXV, 1635-36" by Various
Provisors, Statute of, 282.
"Henry VIII." by A. F. Pollard
There is a provisor, and some secular clergy with benefices are located in some of the islands of its jurisdiction.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898 (Vol 28 of 55)" by Various
A year had passed since Wolsey had been convicted of a breach of the Statute of Provisors.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 9" by Various
But that offer which I made to the said provisor aroused innumerable disputes.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898" by Various

In news:

Olympian Ben Provisor Stops in Plover.
Provisor Preps For London.
Ben Provisor flew into town Wednesday night, returns to Colorado Springs Friday, then hops a plane Monday to head over to London for the Olympics.
Ben Provisor of Stevens Point (left) lost to Georgia's Zurabi Datunashvili on Sunday.
Olympic Send-Off for Provisor set for next Thursday.
A send-off for 2012 Olympian and Stevens Point native Ben Provisor will be held at 5 Star Lanes in Plover from 6 to 9 pm on Thursday, July 19.
Ben Provisor celebrates after defeating fellow Wisconsinite Aaron Sieracki to make the Olympic team.
Ben Provisor grew up in Stevens Point, where he idolized one of his neighbors, a Greco-Roman wrestling legend named Dennis Hall.
Ben Provisor starts his quest for a medal in Greco-Roman wrestling Aug 5.