There is only local knowledge, contingent and provisional.
Tentative does not mean weak, but provisional and willing to change course under the influence of new revelations.
The provisional government lacked political, financial and police resources.
Though so often elegant, evolution can also be jury-rigged and provisional.
Workers would think of the provisional bonus as theirs, and work harder to prevent it from being taken away.
The provisional route requires little to no advanced mountaineering skill.
The word is that a provisional result, and a peaceful change, is imminent.
When the provisional government heard she had returned, they came to hear her story and absolved her of any wrongdoing.
But a voter can refuse to sign the affidavit and still cast a ballot, though he must cast a provisional ballot in this case.
He has a provisional patent on the device, and will have a full patent in the next few months.
British Dictionary definitions for provisional
subject to later alteration; temporary or conditional: a provisional decision
a postage stamp surcharged during an emergency to alter the stamp's denomination or significance until a new or regular issue is printed
of, designating, or relating to the unofficial factions of the IRA and Sinn Féin that became increasingly dominant following a split in 1969. The Provisional movement remained committed to a policy of terrorism until its ceasefires of the mid-1990s
Also called Provo. a member of the Provisional IRA or Sinn Féin
"as a temporary arrangement for the present," c.1600, from provision (n.) + -al (1), or else from Middle French provisionnal (15c.), from Old French provision. The notion is of something that will "provide for present needs." Related: Provisionally.