Meaning of TENTATIVE in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ tentətɪv ]


Tentative agreements, plans, or arrangements are not definite or certain, but have been made as a first step.

Political leaders have reached a tentative agreement to hold a preparatory conference next month...

= provisional

≠ firm


• ten‧ta‧tive‧ly

The next round of talks is tentatively scheduled to begin October 21st in Washington.

ADV : ADV with v


If someone is tentative , they are cautious and not very confident because they are uncertain or afraid.

My first attempts at complaining were rather tentative...

≠ confident


• ten‧ta‧tive‧ly

Perhaps, he suggested tentatively, they should send for Dr Band.

ADV : ADV with v

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