What does tentative mean?

Definitions for tentative
ˈtɛn tə tɪvten·ta·tive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. probationary, provisional, provisionary, tentativeadjective

    under terms not final or fully worked out or agreed upon

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

  2. doubtful, tentativeadjective

    unsettled in mind or opinion

    "drew a few tentative conclusions"


  1. tentativenoun

    A trial; an experiment.

  2. tentativeadjective

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

  3. tentativeadjective

    Uncertain; subject to future change.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Tentativeadjective

    Trying; essaying.

    Etymology: tentative, effort, Fr. tento, Latin.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tentativeadjective

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

  2. Tentativenoun

    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.]

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  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

Examples of tentative in a Sentence

  1. Consultancy Capital Economics:

    For now, the latest figures don't appear to undermine the recent tentative signs that the spread of the virus may be slowing.

  2. 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.

  3. Ray Curry:

    Our UAW John Deere national bargaining team went back to our local members after the previous tentative agreement and canvassed the concerns and priorities of membership.

  4. Jerome Seymour Bruner:

    The shrewd guess, the fertile hypothesis, the courageous leap to a tentative conclusion-these are the most valuable coins of the thinker at work. But in most schools guessing is heavily penalized and is associated somehow with laziness.

  5. Doug Parker:

    The tentative agreements deliver on all of these — and more.

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From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • مؤقتArabic
  • provizorní, nejistý, zkušební, pokusný, předběžnýCzech
  • experimentell, provisorisch, vorläufig, VersuchGerman
  • tentativo, provisorio, experimental, preliminar, provisional, indeciso, tanteoSpanish
  • kõhklev, ebalev, katseline, esialgneEstonian
  • kokeellinen, epäröivä, alustava, epävarmaFinnish
  • tentatif, provisoireFrench
  • जांच काHindi
  • tentativ, forsøksvis, foreløpigNorwegian
  • niepewnyPolish
  • опытный, предварительный, предположительный, экспериментальный, временный, ориентировочный, предполагаемый, пробныйRussian
  • försöks-, preliminärSwedish
  • தற்காலிகTamil
  • అస్థిరమైనదనేTelugu

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