Definition of tentative in English:

tentative

Line breaks: ten¦ta|tive
Pronunciation: /ˈtɛntətɪv
 
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adjective

Derivatives

tentatively

adverb
More example sentences
  • With the weathermen tentatively giving clement weather, it should be an enjoyable day for all.
  • Gradually they came closer and closer, tentatively pecking at crumbs.
  • I had tentatively agreed to an outing with my friend that lives in Cambridge.

tentativeness

noun
More example sentences
  • However, he played with some uncertainty and tentativeness, and no one is sure just how durable he will be.
  • It has a kind of pre-meditated tentativeness; a deliberate uncertainty.
  • Despite the tentativeness of the headline, do not doubt that the mediation will occur.

Origin

late 16th century: from medieval Latin tentativus, from tentare, variant of temptare 'handle, try'.

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