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.

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

  2. tentativeadjective

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

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

  3. tentativeadjective

    Uncertain; subject to future change.

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

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. Jamie Searle:

    There's a growing sense that the bounce in U.S. TIPS has helped create a more positive backdrop. It's quite tentative though -- we're not talking about a broad-based pick up in global inflation here.

  2. Bill Wirskye:

    We've reached a tentative agreement between the parties.

  3. Ben Wood:

    Unveiling a product ahead of rivals is an important milestone, it feels like we're in the Stone Age when it comes to products with flexible screens. We're seeing the first very tentative steps toward the implementation of a technology that may seem to be a solution looking for a problem now, but is likely to become a pillar of designs of consumer electronic devices in the future.

  4. 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.

  5. Yang Weixiao:

    The tentative economic recovery is the result of the relatively easy financing environment during the previous period, the trend could be sustained until the end of the third quarter, when downward pressure will likely resurface.

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  • 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
  • niepewnyPolish
  • пробный, опытный, предполагаемый, ориентировочный, временный, экспериментальный, предположительный, предварительныйRussian
  • preliminär, försöks-Swedish
  • தற்காலிகTamil
  • అస్థిరమైనదనేTelugu

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