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"tentative" in British English

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tentativeadjective

uk   /ˈten.tə.tɪv/  us   /-t̬ə.ɪv/
tentatively
adverb uk   us   /-li/
If you do or say something tentatively, you do or say it in an ​uncertain way.
tentativeness
noun [U] uk   us   /-nəs/
(Definition of tentative from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"tentative" in American English

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tentativeadjective

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

"tentative" in Business English

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tentativeadjective

uk   us   /ˈtentətɪv/
not ​certain or ​agreed: The ​carcompany and the ​unionreached 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
They have tentatively ​agreed to the ​proposal.
(Definition of tentative from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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