Definition of tentative adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈtentətɪv//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtentətɪv//
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  1. 1(of an arrangement, agreement, etc.) not definite or certain because you may want to change it later We made a tentative arrangement to meet on Friday. tentative conclusions
  2. 2not behaving or done with confidence synonym hesitant a tentative greeting Her English is correct but tentative. I'm taking the first tentative steps towards fitness.
  3. Word Originlate 16th cent.: from medieval Latin tentativus, from tentare, variant of temptare ‘handle, try’.
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