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tentative

adjective ten·ta·tive \ˈten-tə-tiv\

: not done with confidence : uncertain and hesitant

: not definite : still able to be changed

Full Definition of TENTATIVE

1
:  not fully worked out or developed <tentative plans>
2
:  hesitant, uncertain <a tentative smile>
tentative noun
ten·ta·tive·ly adverb
ten·ta·tive·ness noun

Examples of TENTATIVE

  1. the baby's first tentative steps
  2. We have tentative plans for the weekend.
  3. In the winter, retirees from the Midwest fill the trailer parks. They are known with tentative affection as snowbirds. —William Langewiesche, Atlantic, June 1992

Origin of TENTATIVE

Medieval Latin tentativus, from Latin tentatus, past participle of tentare, temptare to feel, try
First Known Use: 1626
TENTATIVE Defined for Kids

tentative

adjective ten·ta·tive \ˈten-tə-tiv\

Definition of TENTATIVE for Kids

1
:  not final <tentative plans>
2
:  showing caution or hesitation
ten·ta·tive·ly adverb <Harriet walked toward her tentatively, as one would toward a mad dog … — Louise Fitzhugh, Harriet the Spy>

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