- 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
Related Words for tentativenessdelay, delaying, doubt, dubiety, equivocation, fluctuation, hesitancy, indecision, indecisiveness, indisposition, irresolution, misgiving, mistrust, oscillation, pause, qualm, reluctance, scruple, shilly-shally, skepticism
Examples from the Web for tentativeness
Contemporary Examples of tentativeness
In Libya, the crisis of American tentativeness has grown worse almost by the day.
But in Libya the crisis of American tentativeness has grown worse almost by the day.
Historical Examples of tentativeness
- provisional or experimental; conjectural
- hesitant, uncertain, or cautious
Word Origin 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.