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.


  1. tentative

    Tentative refers to something that is not certain or fixed, or done without confidence. It can also describe a provisional or preliminary idea, statement, or plan that is subject to further testing, confirmation, or modification.

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. Rory McIlroy:

    (I'm) tentative, a little bit scared to play certain shots, because I feel like I can't at the minute. So, hitting away from flags, trying to make sure that I am missing it in the right areas. Just playing quite conservatively, which is very much unlike me, i have just got to get back at it tomorrow and try to figure out what I need to do.

  2. Peter Marks:

    We are providing a tentative schedule for discussion of these submissions, as these meetings will cover a number of topics that are of great interest to the general public, the agency is committed to a thorough and transparent process that considers the input of our independent advisors and provides insight into our review of the COVID-19 vaccines. We intend to move quickly with any authorizations that are appropriate once our work is completed.

  3. Andy Przybylski:

    Second, the study doesn't measure either digital media use or ADHD directly. For both the study relies on survey responses provided by the student in question. It is not clear if teachers or parents would rate the children similarly or if the self-reported measure of digital screen use is correlated with either actual behaviour or higher quality survey items, finally, because this was an exploratory study, instead of a registered or confirmatory study, the results must be understood as tentative.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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  • 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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