• WordNet 3.6
    • adj tentative under terms not final or fully worked out or agreed upon "probationary employees","a provisional government","just a tentative schedule"
    • adj tentative unsettled in mind or opinion "drew a few tentative conclusions"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Tentative An essay; a trial; an experiment.
    • a Tentative Of or pertaining to a trial or trials; essaying; experimental. "A slow, tentative manner."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • tentative Based on or consisting in trial or experiment; experimental; empirical.
    • n tentative An essay; a trial; an experiment.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Tentative ten′ta-tiv trying: experimental
    • n Tentative any attempt, conjecture
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. tentare, to try: cf. F. tentatif,. See Tempt


In literature:

There had been no definite or even tentative agreement as to when they would dissolve partnership.
"Partners of Chance" by Henry Herbert Knibbs
Only one site which can help has been even tentatively explored.
"Ancient Town-Planning" by F. Haverfield
A day that threw out half-promises, that showed tentatively on the sky a mottled blur where the sun should have been!
"Half A Chance" by Frederic S. Isham
I applied my toe tentatively to his ribs, and he just grunted.
"The Range Dwellers" by B. M. Bower
At last he spoke, tentatively, as was always his way until he got the drift of things.
"54-40 or Fight" by Emerson Hough
On one point only he indicated that their scheme was tentative.
"John Redmond's Last Years" by Stephen Gwynn
So we tentatively approached once more the subject of transportation.
"African Camp Fires" by Stewart Edward White
Another was to adopt a tentative constitution.
"The Story of The American Legion" by George Seay Wheat
The love-poetry of the Dramatic Lyrics and Romances is still somewhat tentative and insecure.
"Robert Browning" by C. H. Herford
I dangle my legs down in a tentative way.
"The Road" by Jack London
She swung back, after her one tentative step, and sobered.
"Different Girls" by Various
Then she would take a tentative step or two and stop again, and then dash on.
"A Maid of the Silver Sea" by John Oxenham
He did not want her tentatively or temporarily.
"Joanna Godden" by Sheila Kaye-Smith
Now for some tentative explanation of these rather unusual proceedings.
"The Unpopular Review, Volume II Number 3" by Various
Morganson approached tentatively, and the team surged towards him.
"The Turtles of Tasman" by Jack London
The experiment was tentative merely.
"Harvard Psychological Studies, Volume 1" by Various
After a few tentatives made at different times, my experiment succeeded perfectly.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 611, September 17, 1887" by Various
The conclusion we may very tentatively draw from these sets of facts would seem to be as follows.
"Shakespearean Tragedy" by A. C. Bradley
He secured two orders and the tentative promise of others.
"The Sheriff's Son" by William MacLeod Raine
He fingered his ears tentatively.
"More William" by Richmal Crompton

In poetry:

``But you have heard and owned
The sound of my refrain,
Yet tentative and low.
Thus, poet, be intoned
Your own foreshadowing strain,
Trusting that some will know:
"A November Note" by Alfred Austin
The time of our Trysting!
Oh, come, unresisting,
Lovely, expectant, on tentative feet.
Shadow shall cover us,
Roses bend over us,
Making a bride chamber, sacred and sweet.
"The Garden Of Kama: Kama The Indian Eros" by Laurence Hope
Who never melts or thaws
At close tentations: when the day is done,
His goodnesse sets not, but in dark can runne:
The sunne to others writeth laws,
And is their vertue; Vertue is his Sunne.
"Constancie" by George Herbert
She was nor this nor that of those beings divine,
But each and the whole—an essence of all the Nine;
With tentative foot she neared to my halting-place,
A pensive smile on her sweet, small, marvellous face.
"Rome: The Vatican-Sala Delle Muse." by Thomas Hardy
Giving everybody a fair hearing.
They should have gone out with the balloon flights and the stereopticon.
This is no time for the private point of view.
When I light them, my nostrils prickle.
Their pale, tentative yellows
"Candles" by Sylvia Plath

In news:

Now that the NBA players and owners have a tentative deal in place for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, it's time to take a look at just what this truncated season will mean for the NBA's 430-plus players.
Tentative agreements reached for UBC, UVic workers.
Province, BCGEU reach tentative deal with wage hike .
Schedule tentative and subject to change.
Macerich reaches tentative deal with Intelsat for Tysons HQ, sources say.
Woolworth has tentatively sold his car to his nephew, Jesse Collinge.
China takes tentative steps toward greater role in world diplomacy with Syria peace plan.
First episode of sixth season tentatively set for January 20 on Lifetime.
NFL reaches tentative agreement with refs.
Last week the FCC released a tentative agenda for its December 12 open meeting.
Weston & NAOMI tentative agreement on scaled back bus service .
For about two weeks doctors tentatively diagnosed a TIA (mini stroke) and then epilepsy.
Mother Tentatively Charged with Neglect.
Tentative deal reached to end port strike.
Jody McSmith put the figure at a tentative $500,000.

In science:

We now make the following, slightly tentative claim.
Kuranishi homology and Kuranishi cohomology
Although the uncertainties are substantial due to the small number of sources available, we see a tentative trend showing the SMG surface density increasing towards the center.
Wide-field mid-infrared and millimetre imaging of the high-redshift radio galaxy, 4C41.17
The two current main tentatives to quantize gravity are string theory and loop gravity3 .
Why Renormalizable NonCommutative Quantum Field Theories?
We report tentative evidence for the detection of the underlying white dwarf with Teff = 45, 000K in the spectrum with the lowest flux level.
Far Ultraviolet Spectral Analysis of the Prototype Nova-Like Variable VY Sculptoris from the High State to the Low State
It is clear that higher quality FUV spectra are required to confirm the tentative results herein for VY Scl.
Far Ultraviolet Spectral Analysis of the Prototype Nova-Like Variable VY Sculptoris from the High State to the Low State
We tentatively assume amin = 0.005 µm, amax = 0.1 µm, and q = 3.5, and examine the effects of these parameters later.
Spatially resolved dusty torus toward the red supergiant WOH G64 in the Large Magellanic Cloud
Whence a tentative answer: Set of conjugates of π : Q× .π , Galois closure: Q[π ]gal = Q[π ].
Galois theory, motives and transcendental numbers
Nevertheless, we shall argue in the sequel that the tentative answers found for π and elliptic periods are the right ones, albeit for different reasons.
Galois theory, motives and transcendental numbers
Below is a tentative formulation of this spectral property.
Quasi-periodic solutions of nonlinear random Schr\"odinger equations
Conjecture 15 is the main missing link in our tentative proof to the claim that E(µmax ) < O(ρ).
Words Maps and Spectra of Random Graph Lifts
Therefore, the connection between classical chaos and RMT is less well established and the use of the term “chaos” is somewhat more tentative in nuclei.
Random Matrices and Chaos in Nuclear Physics
We set the size as D∗ ≡ D and tentatively choose the value D = 10, which is larger than the distribution of the stress energy tensors and the topological charge (see Fig.2).
Fermions in gravity and the skyrmion backgrounds in six dimensional brane-worlds
However, clustering measurements are sensitive to a number of systematic effects, so our conclusions remain tentative.
A Confirmation of the Strong Clustering of Distant Red Galaxies at 2 < z <3
G] P.G. de Gennes, Granular matter: a tentative view.
Random Loose Packing in Granular Matter
On the other hand, if γu (c) = 0 then whether or not c ∈ L(v) depends only on colors tentatively assigned to vertices not in N (u).
Coloring Simple Hypergraphs