- of the nature of or made or done as a trial, experiment, or attempt; experimental: a tentative report on her findings.
- unsure; uncertain; not definite or positive; hesitant: a tentative smile on his face.
Origin of tentative
Examples from the Web for tentatively
Three decades later, the EEGs of distance-separated twins were studied and tentatively found to correlate.Knocking on Heaven's Door: True Stories of Unexplained, Uncanny Experiences at the Hour of Death
August 11, 2014
The efforts are proceeding slowly and tentatively because the price differential of the fuel is only one factor to consider.Diesel Trains May Soon Use Natural Gas Instead
The Daily Beast
May 27, 2014
He tentatively suggested that the text is a pastiche compiled by a modern forger with an elementary grasp of Coptic.The ‘Gospel of Jesus’s Wife’ is Still as Big a Mystery as Ever
April 13, 2014
Most evangelical colleges teach evolution, albeit quietly, carefully, and often tentatively, although there are exceptions.2013 Was a Terrible Year for Evolution
Karl W. Giberson
January 2, 2014
Brosnahan called Lopez three days later and told him he tentatively had a match.Lost and Found in Tijuana: Behind an Amazing American Rescue
September 26, 2013
"They might have deserted her for her insurance," suggested Madden tentatively.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
They half circled about each other, tentatively, snarling and bristling.White Fang
"Perhaps I don't quite follow your meaning," commented the other tentatively.
"Your stake's pretty big, already," commented Thorpe, tentatively.
"But perhaps I'd better come in another day," he suggested, tentatively.
- provisional or experimental; conjectural
- hesitant, uncertain, or cautious
Word Origin and History for tentatively
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.