exchange to the drawee in order to meet the bill, or property remaining in the drawee’s hands or due from him to the drawer, and appropriated to that purpose. In ecclesiastical law. A provision was a nomination by the pope to an English ben- efice before it became void, though the term was afterwards indiscriminately applied to any right of patronage exerted or usurped by the pope. In French law. Provision is an allowance or alimony granted by a judge to one of the parties in a cause for his or her maintenance until a definite judgmeut is rendered. Dalloz. In English history. A name given to certain statutes or acts of parliament, par- ticularly those intended to curb the arbitrary or usurped power of the sovereign, and also to certain other ordinances or declarations having the force of law. See infra.