Is there any word or phrase for "providing a way/solution for now/for the nonce"?


We seek a theory that help us explain A and B. Theory T seems to help us explain A for now, but we haven't yet examine T to see if it has any problem and if it can explain B too.

What is the verb/phrasal verb to say the for-now service that T provide for us?

  • You could say "a stop-gap solution" or "we can use Theory T as a stop-gap for now".
    – Oosaka
    Commented Mar 2, 2017 at 9:51
  • @RozennKeribin I am looking for a verb/phrasal verb. Question edited.
    – user223156
    Commented Mar 2, 2017 at 9:55
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    Interim solution could work here. Commented Mar 2, 2017 at 10:00
  • I don't understand part of your question. What do you mean by "providing a way/solution for ... the nonce"?
    – Lawrence
    Commented Mar 2, 2017 at 10:39
  • @Lawrence for the nonce=for the present time.
    – user223156
    Commented Mar 2, 2017 at 10:50

2 Answers 2


The word you're looking for is a stop gap solution:

stop gap a temporary way of dealing with a problem or satisfying a need

stop gap something that serves as a temporary expedient


If a particular theory is to be adopted provisionally, subject to further investigation, it can be described as a working hypothesis.

A short-term practical solution, as opposed to a theory, can be called a tactical solution, which can be contrasted with a strategic solution.

  • OP has naughtily rendered your answer one for the past. Commented Mar 2, 2017 at 11:11

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