A Word A Day : Tentative
Thursday, 20th December 2007 : Today's Word is ...
( Adjective )
Pronunciation : tén-ta-tiv
1. said or done in a slow, hesitant, and careful way that reveals a lack of confidence
2. likely to have changes before becoming final and complete
3. not fully worked out, concluded, or agreed on; provisional
Late 16th century - medieval Latin tentativus - Latin tentare, variant of temptare - feel, try
provisional, exploratory, speculative, unconfirmed, indefinite, unsettled, not final, rough, open to consideration, hesitant, cautious, uncertain, faltering, unsure, timid, shy
sure, definite, certain, decisive, final, conclusive
• Those tentative
about making plans are often unsure of their ability to show up.
• Their great diversity shows the tentative
character of early endeavours to think.
• He presented a tentative
report on her findings.
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