- The definition of tentative is not definite or final.
An example of tentative is possible, though not definite, plans to go to the movies sometime on Friday.
tentative definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Late Latin tentativus ; from past participle of Classical Latin tentare, to touch, try: see tent
tentative definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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