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"tentative" in British English

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tentativeadjective

uk   /ˈten.tə.tɪv/ us   /ˈten.t̬ə.t̬ɪv/
tentatively
adverb uk   /ˈten.tə.tɪv.li/ us   /ˈten.t̬ə.t̬ɪv.li/
If you do or say something tentatively, you do or say it in an uncertain way.
tentativeness
noun [U] uk   /ˈten.tə.tɪv.nəs/ us   /ˈten.t̬ə.t̬ɪv.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   /ˈtentətɪv/ us  
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
They have tentatively agreed to the proposal.
(Definition of tentative from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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“tentative” in British English

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