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tentative

[ten-tuh-tiv] /ˈtɛn tə tɪv/
adjective
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 tentative smile on his face.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; < Medieval Latin tentātīvus, equivalent to Latin tentāt(us) (past participle of tentāre, variant of temptāre to test; see tempt) + -īvus -ive
Related forms
tentatively, adverb
tentativeness, noun
nontentative, adjective
nontentatively, adverb
nontentativeness, noun
pretentative, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for pretentative

tentative

/ˈtɛntətɪv/
adjective
1.
provisional or experimental; conjectural
2.
hesitant, uncertain, or cautious
Derived Forms
tentatively, adverb
tentativeness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin tentātīvus, from Latin tentāre to test
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Word Origin and History for pretentative

tentative

adj.

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.

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