What does tentative mean?

Definitions for tentativeˈtɛn tə tɪv

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word tentative.

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"


  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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tentative

    ten′ta-tiv, adj. trying: experimental.—n. any attempt, conjecture.—adv. Ten′tatively. [Fr.,—Late L.,—L. tentāre, to try—tendĕre, to stretch.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tentative in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tentative in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Images & Illustrations of tentative

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Translations for tentative

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • مؤقتArabic
  • předběžný, pokusný, zkušební, nejistý, provizorníCzech
  • Versuch, experimentell, vorläufig, provisorischGerman
  • tentativo, experimental, tanteo, preliminar, provisional, provisorio, indecisoSpanish
  • esialgne, katseline, ebalev, kõhklevEstonian
  • alustava, kokeellinen, epävarma, epäröiväFinnish
  • provisoire, tentatifFrench
  • जांच काHindi
  • forsøksvis, tentativ, foreløpigNorwegian
  • пробный, опытный, предполагаемый, ориентировочный, временный, экспериментальный, предположительный, предварительныйRussian
  • preliminär, försöks-Swedish

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