The definition of tentative is not definite or final.adjective
An example of tentative is possible, though not definite, plans to go to the movies sometime on Friday.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
- made, done, proposed, etc. experimentally or provisionally; not definite or final: tentative plans, a tentative explanation
- indicating timidity, hesitancy, or uncertainty: a tentative caress
Origin: LL tentativus < pp. of L tentare, to touch, try: see tent
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- Not fully worked out, concluded, or agreed on; provisional: tentative plans.
- Uncertain; hesitant.
Origin: Medieval Latin tentātīvus, from Latin tentātus, past participle of tentāre, to try, variant of temptāre.
- tenˈta·tive·ly adverb
- tenˈta·tive·ness noun