Part of speech: adjective

Experimental; provision al.

Part of speech: noun

An experiment; attempt; trial.

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Usage examples "tentative":

  1. He had never found the paper lost out of the closet in his own room, though he had never given up a tentative search for it. - "A Woman Named Smith", Marie Conway Oemler.
  2. He had been always tentative and diffident, deferential even so far as her own opinions were concerned. - "Marcella", Mrs. Humphry Ward.
  3. Part C consists of a few tentative rules advanced with the notion of fixing classification practice within the office in certain doubtful cases. - "The Classification of Patents", United States Patent Office.