Origin of tentative
Examples from the Web for tentative
When on August 7, 2013 Future finally did share a tentative date, he also made a significant change.Future Makes Us Rethink Everything We Thought We Knew About Rap Artists|Luke Hopping|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The tentative location of the quarantine (which is “still to be defined”) is Casablanca.
In the Peach State, Michelle Nunn, the daughter of former Senator Sam Nunn, appears to have scratched out a tentative lead.
Torn between so many different impulses, Tomlinson Hill ends up as tentative as our country itself.
Second, Ukraine has been a tentative ally of Moscow and a huge trading partner,fourth in imports and sixth in export to Russia.A Ukrainian-American Watches Putin from Kiev and Wonders What’s Next for Ukraine|Roman Skaskiw|March 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He knew it wasn't Joyce; there was something unsure and tentative about the whisper of thought.The Psilent Partner|John Victor Peterson
Hunterleys did not appear to notice the tentative movement of the other's hand.Mr. Grex of Monte Carlo|E. Phillips Oppenheim
The new response is exploratory and tentative, while habit is fixed and definite.Psychology|Robert S. Woodworth
The above rotation is simply suggested as a tentative expedient.The Cocoanut|William S. Lyon
About eight in the morning, there was a tentative tap on my door.Highways in Hiding|George Oliver Smith
British Dictionary definitions for tentative
Word Origin for tentative
Word Origin and History for tentative
1580s, from Medieval Latin tentativus "trying, testing," from Latin tentatus, past participle of tentare "to feel, try," (variant of temptare "to feel, try, test"). Related: Tentatively.