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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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(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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