Tentative

  • 1 tentative — [ tɑ̃tativ ] n. f. • XVIIe; « épreuve de théologie » 1546; lat. scolast. tentativa, de tentare « tenter » ♦ Action par laquelle on s efforce, on essaie d obtenir un résultat. ⇒ essai. Tentative d évasion. Tentative de suicide. Tentative de greffe …

    Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 2 tentative — UK US /ˈtentətɪv/ adjective ► not certain or agreed: »The car company and the union reached a tentative agreement. »a tentative deal/plan/settlement »The proposals are tentative and subject to bargaining. ► said or done in a careful way because… …

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  • 3 tentative — Tentative. s. f. v. Action par laquelle on tente, on essaye de faire reussir quelque chose. Faire une tentative auprés de quelqu un. il fit plusieurs tentatives inutiles. On appelle aussi, Tentative, Le premier acte qu on fait en Theologie. Il a… …

    Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • 4 tentative — [ten′tə tiv] adj. [LL tentativus < pp. of L tentare, to touch, try: see TENT2] 1. made, done, proposed, etc. experimentally or provisionally; not definite or final [tentative plans, a tentative explanation] 2. indicating timidity, hesitancy,… …

    English World dictionary

  • 5 Tentative — Ten*ta tive, a. [L. tentare to try: cf. F. tentatif. See {Tempt}.] Of or pertaining to a trial or trials; essaying; experimental. A slow, tentative manner. Carlyle. {Ten*ta tive*ly}, adv. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 Tentative — Ten*ta tive, n. [Cf. F. tentative.] An essay; a trial; an experiment. Berkley. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 7 tentative — I adjective cautious, conditional, contingent, dependent, experimental, exploratory, groping, interim, probationary, probative, proposed, provisional, provisory, questionable, speculative, temporary, trial, undecided, unsettled associated… …

    Law dictionary

  • 8 tentative — [adj1] conditional, experimental acting, ad interim, conjectural, contingent, dependent, iffy*, indefinite, makeshift, not final, not settled, on trial, open for consideration, probationary, provisional, provisionary, provisory, speculative,… …

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  • 9 tentative — 1580s, from M.L. tentativus trying, testing, from L. tentatus, pp. of tentare to feel, try, (variant of temptare to feel, try, test ). Related: Tentatively …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 10 tentative — *provisional Analogous words: *temporary, ad interim, acting: testing, trying, demonstrating, proving (see PROVE) Antonyms: definitive …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 11 tentative — ► ADJECTIVE 1) done without confidence; hesitant. 2) not certain or fixed; provisional. DERIVATIVES tentatively adverb tentativeness noun. ORIGIN Latin tentativus, from temptare handle, try …

    English terms dictionary

  • 12 tentative — 01. We re planning on getting married sometime in the fall, but it s all very [tentative] right now. 02. We have come to a [tentative] agreement with the company; we re just waiting for some final details before we sign. 03. Let s set the meeting …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 13 tentative — [[t]te̱ntətɪv[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED 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...… …

    English dictionary

  • 14 TENTATIVE — s. f. Action par laquelle on tente, on essaye de faire réussir quelque chose. Faire une tentative auprès de quelqu un. Il fit plusieurs tentatives inutiles. Une tentative de vol, d assassinat. TENTATIVE, se dit aussi Du premier acte que fait, de… …

    Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 7eme edition (1835)

  • 15 tentative — adjective Etymology: Medieval Latin tentativus, from Latin tentatus, past participle of tentare, temptare to feel, try Date: 1626 1. not fully worked out or developed < tentative plans > 2. hesitant, uncertain < a tentative smile > • tentative… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 16 TENTATIVE — n. f. Action par laquelle on tente, on essaie de faire réussir quelque chose. Faire une tentative auprès de quelqu’un. Il fit plusieurs tentatives inutiles. Une tentative de vol, d’assassinat. Il se disait aussi du Premier acte que faisait, de la …

    Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 8eme edition (1935)

  • 17 tentative — ten|ta|tive [ˈtentətıv] adj [Date: 1500 1600; : Medieval Latin; Origin: tentativus, from Latin tentare; TEMPT] 1.) not definite or certain, and may be changed later = ↑provisional ≠ ↑definite ▪ I passed on my tentative conclusions to the police.… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 tentative — adjective 1) tentative arrangements a tentative conclusion Syn: provisional, unconfirmed, penciled in, iffy, preliminary, to be confirmed, subject to confirmation; speculative, conjectural, sketchy, untried, unproven, exploratory, experimental …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 19 tentative — tentatively, adv. tentativeness, n. /ten teuh tiv/, adj. 1. of the nature of or made or done as a trial, experiment, or attempt; experimental: a tentative report on her findings. 2. unsure; uncertain; not definite or positive; hesitant: a… …

    Universalium

  • 20 tentative — ten|ta|tive [ tentətıv ] adjective 1. ) not definite or not certain: a tentative agreement/deal 2. ) not confident: a tentative look/smile ╾ ten|ta|tive|ly adverb: The peace talks are tentatively planned for next week …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English


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