French translation of 'tentative'
1. (= hesitant)
[smile, voice, greeting] timide ⧫ hésitant(e)
[suggestion, attempt] circonspect(e)
to be tentative about sth être circonspect(e) sur qch
2. (= provisional) [conclusion, agreement, plan, arrangement] provisoire
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Example Sentences Including 'tentative'
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This tightly qualified and highly tentative suggestion is hedged about with further doubts.Paul VI - The First Modern Pope (1993)
We took a few tentative steps towards the caves.No Way Home: A Cuban Dancer's Tale (2007)
She was tall and slim, with angular features and a tentative smile.Spitfire Women of World War II (2007)
But our contemporaries, facing up to our present moment of crisis, are thankfully rather more tentative.Times, Sunday Times (2013)
Sometimes the pieces resemble the tentative first draft of what might one day become a more challenging suite.Times, Sunday Times (2010)
The freshers who took their first tentative steps into university life this week could not have failed to notice it.Times, Sunday Times (2013)
This episode moves the comedy a few tentative steps into uncharted territory.Times, Sunday Times (2013)
To follow, some tentative suggestions.Times, Sunday Times (2014)
Emily herself solved the problem, producing her commonplace with a friendly tentative smile.Emily Fox-Seton (1901)
Now she is making her first tentative steps on the comeback trail.Times, Sunday Times (2009)
There are tentative contingency plans to delay the semi-finals if necessary.Times, Sunday Times (2011)
United came through, comfortably in the end after getting used to the surface in a tentative first half.The Sun (2016)
You always ensure it's known that any plans are tentative.Times, Sunday Times (2013)
Already there is another completed book at the publishers and tentative plans for a new Trainspotting film.Times, Sunday Times (2014)
Her shoulders shook with relief and for the first time in three years of court proceedings, a tentative smile flickered across her face.The Sun (2016)
Here are a few tentative suggestions.Times, Sunday Times (2006)
It could be argued that the enhanced participation arrangements represent the first tentative steps towards the popular planning style.Remaking Planning: the politics of urban change in the Thatcher years (1989)
It is a challenging question without a clear answer, but some tentative suggestions can be attempted.Times, Sunday Times (2012)
She was a little tentative at first so her friend offered to write to the members she was interested in.The Sun (2014)
The bad news is that there will be no more after that, although there are tentative plans for a feature film.The Sun (2007)
The release of the film is seen as a tentative step towards freeing the soldier, although officials warn that could still take months.Times, Sunday Times (2009)
The tentative first step on the comeback trail.The Sun (2008)
While talks with creditors have shown a willingness for compromise, Brussels is hoping for some kind of tentative agreement.Times, Sunday Times (2015)
She may sound uncertain, tentative, in areas where her knowledge is weak.Times, Sunday Times (2014)
This year there was tentative agreement that the mood was cautious optimism.Times, Sunday Times (2012)
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British English: tentative ADJECTIVE
Tentative agreements, plans, or arrangements are not definite or certain, but have been made as a first step.
Political leaders have reached a tentative agreement to hold a preparatory conference next month.
Translation of tentative from the Collins English to French Dictionary