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English definition of “tentative”

tentative

adjective  /ˈten·tə·t̬ɪv/ us  
not certain or confident: We have tentative plans to go to Hawaii in February.
tentatively
adverb  /ˈtent·ət̬·ɪv·li/ us  
We have tentatively agreed to buy that house.
(Definition of tentative from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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