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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.
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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
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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.
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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"
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tentative

adjective
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
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tentative

adjective
1. Not perfected, elaborated, or completed:
2. Depending on or containing a condition or conditions:
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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 ...
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

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
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

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
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

tentative

[ˈtɛntətɪv] adj (hesitant, person) → esitante, incerto/a; (provisional, conclusion, arrangement) → provvisorio/a
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

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
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tentative

a. tentativo-a, experimental, sujeto-a a cambios.
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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.
With great outward show of rebellion, half genuine, half facetious, he made several tentative scrapes with the razor.
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.
He saved himself, however, after the sane and conservative manner of his kind, by labelling his generalizations as "tentative." One of his first experiences was in the great Wilmax Cannery, where he was put on piece-work making small packing cases.
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.