Definition of 'tentative'
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United came through, comfortably in the end after getting used to the surface in a tentative first half. The Sun (2016)This year there was tentative agreement that the mood was cautious optimism. Times, Sunday Times (2012)We took a few tentative steps towards the caves. No Way Home: A Cuban Dancer's Tale (2007)This tightly qualified and highly tentative suggestion is hedged about with further doubts. Paul VI - The First Modern Pope (1993)The tentative first step on the comeback trail. The Sun (2008)This episode moves the comedy a few tentative steps into uncharted territory. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Now she is making her first tentative steps on the comeback trail. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Sometimes the pieces resemble the tentative first draft of what might one day become a more challenging suite. Times, Sunday Times (2010)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)The freshers who took their first tentative steps into university life this week could not have failed to notice it. Times, Sunday Times (2013)She was a little tentative at first so her friend offered to write to the members she was interested in. The Sun (2014)Here are a few tentative suggestions. Times, Sunday Times (2006)You always ensure it's known that any plans are tentative. Times, Sunday Times (2013)She was tall and slim, with angular features and a tentative smile. Spitfire Women of World War II (2007)There are tentative contingency plans to delay the semi-finals if necessary. Times, Sunday Times (2011)Emily herself solved the problem, producing her commonplace with a friendly tentative smile. Emily Fox-Seton (1901)It is a challenging question without a clear answer, but some tentative suggestions can be attempted. Times, Sunday Times (2012)To follow, some tentative suggestions. Times, Sunday Times (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)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)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)She may sound uncertain, tentative, in areas where her knowledge is weak. Times, Sunday Times (2014)But our contemporaries, facing up to our present moment of crisis, are thankfully rather more tentative. Times, Sunday Times (2013)While talks with creditors have shown a willingness for compromise, Brussels is hoping for some kind of tentative agreement. Times, Sunday Times (2015)
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Translations for 'tentative'
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.
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