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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Bill Wirskye:

    We've reached a tentative agreement between the parties.

  2. Eric Bergh:

    Staff believes the tentative settlement is a positive step towards an ultimate resolution of this matter.

  3. The IEA:

    Tentative signs of a demand recovery have emerged with the turn of the year, with a heavy emphasis reserved for the word 'tentative'.

  4. Louis Pasteur:

    Science advances through tentative answers to a series of more and more subtle questions which reach deeper and deeper into the essence of natural phenomena.

  5. Canadian Labor Minister Kellie Leitch:

    I'm delighted to say that Unifor and Canadian National Railway have been able to come to a tentative agreement, cN will be running at full capacity tonight and tomorrow.

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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