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ten·ta·tive

 (tĕn′tə-tĭv)
adj.
1. Not fully worked out, concluded, or agreed on; provisional: tentative plans.
2. Indicating a lack of confidence or certainty; hesitant: tentative steps toward the podium.

[Medieval Latin tentātīvus, from Latin tentātus, past participle of tentāre, to try, variant of temptāre.]

ten′ta·tive·ly adv.
ten′ta·tive·ness n.

tentative

(ˈtɛntətɪv)
adj
1. provisional or experimental; conjectural
2. hesitant, uncertain, or cautious
[C16: from Medieval Latin tentātīvus, from Latin tentāre to test]
ˈtentatively adv
ˈtentativeness n

ten•ta•tive

(ˈtɛn tə tɪv)

adj.
1. of the nature of or made or done as a trial, experiment, or attempt: a tentative agreement.
2. unsure; not definite or positive; hesitant: a tentative smile.
[1580–90; < Medieval Latin tentātīvus= Latin tentāt(us), past participle of tentāre, variant of temptāre to test (compare tempt) + -īvus -ive]
ten′ta•tive•ly, adv.
ten′ta•tive•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.tentative - under terms not final or fully worked out or agreed upon; "probationary employees"; "a provisional government"; "just a tentative schedule"
conditional - imposing or depending on or containing a condition; "conditional acceptance of the terms"; "lent conditional support"; "the conditional sale will not be complete until the full purchase price is paid"
2.tentative - unsettled in mind or opinion; "drew a few tentative conclusions"
unsettled - still in doubt; "an unsettled issue"; "an unsettled state of mind"

tentative

adjective
1. unconfirmed, provisional, indefinite, test, trial, pilot, preliminary, experimental, unsettled, speculative, pencilled in, exploratory, to be confirmed, TBC, conjectural They have reached a tentative agreement to hold talks next month.
unconfirmed final, confirmed, settled, fixed, definite, resolved, decisive, conclusive
2. hesitant, cautious, uncertain, doubtful, backward, faltering, unsure, timid, undecided, diffident, iffy (informal) My first attempts at complaining were very tentative.
hesitant confident, assured, bold, certain, unhesitating

tentative

adjective
1. Not perfected, elaborated, or completed:
2. Depending on or containing a condition or conditions:
Translations
غَيْر ثابِت، مُتَرَدِّدوَقْتي، تَجْريبي، غَيْر نِهائي
pokusnýpředběžnýprovizorníváhavýzkušební
foreløbigtentativusikker
alustavakokeellinen
próbaképpeni
bráîabirgîa-hikandi
negalutinai
izmēģinājuma-mēģinājuma-nedrošsproblemātisksšaubīgs
geçiciihtiyatlı

tentative

[ˈtentətɪv] ADJ
1. (= provisional) [agreement, plan, arrangement] → provisional, provisorio (LAm); [conclusion] → provisional, no definitiva
2. (= hesitant) [gesture] → vacilante, tímido; [smile, attempt] → tímido
the first tentative steps toward democracylos primeros pasos vacilantes hacia la democracia
he made a tentative suggestion thatsugirió tímidamente que ...

tentative

[ˈtɛntətɪv] adj
(= hesitant) [smile, voice, greeting] → timide, hésitant(e); [suggestion, attempt] → circonspect(e)
to be tentative about sth → être circonspect(e) sur qch
(= provisional) [conclusion, agreement, plan, arrangement] → provisoire

tentative

adj (= not definite, provisional)vorläufig; offerunverbindlich; (= hesitant) player, movementvorsichtig; conclusion, suggestionvorsichtig, zögernd; smilezögernd; this proposal or suggestion is only tentativedas ist ja nur ein Vorschlag; we’ve a tentative arrangement to play tennis tonightwir haben halb abgemacht, heute Abend Tennis zu spielen

tentative

[ˈtɛntətɪv] adj (hesitant, person) → esitante, incerto/a; (provisional, conclusion, arrangement) → provvisorio/a

tentative

(ˈtentətiv) adjective
1. not final or complete; not definite. We have made a tentative arrangement.
2. uncertain or hesitating. a tentative movement.
ˈtentatively adverb
ˈtentativeness noun

tentative

a. tentativo-a, experimental, sujeto-a a cambios.
References in classic literature ?
There is the man whom we all know, stupid, unimaginative, whose brain is bitten numbly by numb maggots; who walks generously with wide-spread, tentative legs, falls frequently in the gutter, and who sees, in the extremity of his ecstasy, blue mice and pink elephants.
Their great diversity shows the tentative character of early endeavours to think.
The sound of tools to a clever workman who loves his work is like the tentative sounds of the orchestra to the violinist who has to bear his part in the overture: the strong fibres begin their accustomed thrill, and what was a moment before joy, vexation, or ambition, begins its change into energy.
That he was a desultory tentative student of something and everything might only have been predicted of him.
Hilbery was constantly reverting to the story, it was always in this tentative and restless fashion, as though by a touch here and there she could set things straight which had been crooked these sixty years.
As it drew near to the bottom, for the purpose of fleeting and tentative examination, he gave the pan a sudden sloshing movement, emptying it of water.
There was no threat in that reach, nothing tentative nor timorous.
So he lumped one box thereafter, and so well did he study the art of shirking that he wrote a special chapter on it, with the last several paragraphs devoted to tentative generalizations.
We improve them gradually, because our ideals are vague and tentative, and our knowledge is very limited; because Nature, too, is shy and slow in our clumsy hands.
The tentative period was over; all our arrangements had been perfected.
Riviere continued to study him with tentative eyes.
But you must guess the hardest part: for the letter ended as it began, with sudden talk of his inner life, and tentative inquiry after mine.