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English definition of “tentative”

tentative

adjective
 
 
/ˈtentətɪv/
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 you do not know if you are right: While analysts are tentative at the moment, they remain basically optimistic. The company began last year to take tentative steps towards a flotation.
tentatively adverb
(Definition of tentative from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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