1 tr; may take a clause as object to specify, often as a condition of an agreement
2 intr; foll by: for to insist (on) as a term of an agreement
3 (Roman law) to make (an oral contract) in the form of question and answer necessary to render it legally valid
4 tr; may take a clause as object to guarantee or promise
(C17: from Latin stipulari, probably from Old Latin stipulus firm, but perhaps from stipula a stalk, from the convention of breaking a straw to ratify a promise)
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