Tentative Ten*ta"tive, a. [L. tentare to try: cf. F. tentatif. See {Tempt}.] Of or pertaining to a trial or trials; essaying; experimental. ``A slow, tentative manner.'' --Carlyle. -- {Ten*ta"tive*ly}, adv. [1913 Webster]

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  • tentatively — tentative UK US /ˈtentətɪv/ adjective ► not certain or agreed: »The car company and the union reached a tentative agreement. »a tentative deal/plan/settlement »The proposals are tentative and subject to bargaining. ► said or done in a careful way …   Financial and business terms

  • tentatively — adv. Tentatively is used with these verbs: ↑ask, ↑call, ↑identify, ↑reach, ↑schedule, ↑suggest …   Collocations dictionary

  • tentatively — tentative ► ADJECTIVE 1) done without confidence; hesitant. 2) not certain or fixed; provisional. DERIVATIVES tentatively adverb tentativeness noun. ORIGIN Latin tentativus, from temptare handle, try …   English terms dictionary

  • tentatively — adverb in a tentative manner (Freq. 3) we agreed tentatively on a dinner date • Derived from adjective: ↑tentative …   Useful english dictionary

  • tentatively — adverb see tentative …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • tentatively — See tentative. * * * …   Universalium

  • tentatively — adverb /ˈtɛntətɪvli/ Of, or having to do with being tentative …   Wiktionary

  • tentatively — (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. experimentally, conditionally, provisionally; see temporarily …   English dictionary for students

  • tentatively — ten·ta·tive·ly || tentÉ™tɪvlɪ adv. temporarily …   English contemporary dictionary

  • tentatively — ten·ta·tive·ly …   English syllables

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