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 Dictionary entry overview: What does tentative mean? 

TENTATIVE (adjective)
  The adjective TENTATIVE has 2 senses:

1. under terms not final or fully worked out or agreed upon
2. unsettled in mind or opinion

  Familiarity information: TENTATIVE used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

TENTATIVE (adjective)

Sense 1tentative [BACK TO TOP]


Under terms not final or fully worked out or agreed upon


probationary; provisional; provisionary; tentative

Context examples:

probationary employees / a provisional government / just a tentative schedule


conditional (imposing or depending on or containing a condition)

Sense 2tentative [BACK TO TOP]


Unsettled in mind or opinion


tentative; doubtful

Context example:

drew a few tentative conclusions


unsettled (still in doubt)

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