Definitions for tentativeˈtɛn tə tɪv

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ten•ta•tiveˈtɛn tə tɪv(adj.)

  1. of the nature of or made or done as a trial, experiment, or attempt:

    a tentative agreement.

  2. unsure; not definite or positive; hesitant:

    a tentative smile.

Origin of tentative:

1580–90; < ML tentātīvus= L tentāt(us), ptp. of tentāre, var. of temptāre to test (cf. tempt ) +-īvus -ive


Princeton's WordNet

  1. probationary, provisional, provisionary, tentative(adj)

    under terms not final or fully worked out or agreed upon

    "probationary employees"; "a provisional government"; "just a tentative schedule"

  2. doubtful, tentative(adj)

    unsettled in mind or opinion

    "drew a few tentative conclusions"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. tentative(adjective)ˈtɛn tə tɪv

    showing caution or hesitation

    a tentative hug

  2. tentativeˈtɛn tə tɪv

    uncertain and likely to fail

    a tentative peace


  1. tentative(Noun)

    A trial; an experiment.

  2. tentative(Adjective)

    Of or pertaining to a trial or trials; essaying; experimental.

  3. tentative(Adjective)

    Uncertain; subject to future change.

  4. Origin: From tentatif, from tentativus, from tento, past participle tentatus; see tent, tempt.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tentative(adj)

    of or pertaining to a trial or trials; essaying; experimental

  2. Tentative(noun)

    an essay; a trial; an experiment

Anagrams of tentative

  1. attentive

Translations for tentative

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


not final or complete; not definite

We have made a tentative arrangement.

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