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[tˈɛntətˌɪv], [tˈɛntətˌɪv], [t_ˈɛ_n_t_ə_t_ˌɪ_v]

Synonyms for Tentative:

conditional (adjective)

conditional, contingent, dependent, provisional.

experimental (adjective)

analytical, benchmarked, empirical, experimental, hit-or-miss, investigative, probative, test, trial, unproven, unverified.

irresolute (adjective)

ambivalent, capricious, changeable, dillydallying, double-minded, erratic, fickle, flitting, fly-by-night, halfhearted, hesitant, impulsive, inconsistent, indecisive, infirm, insipid, irresolute, irresponsible, shifty, shilly-shally, shrinking, shy, spineless, uncertain, undecided, undependable, unresolved, unsure, unwilling, vacillating, volatile, watery, weak, yellow.

uncertain (adjective)

arguable, confused, contestable, controversial, debatable, deniable, disputable, insecure, moot, mysterious, precarious, questionable, unconvinced, vague.

Other synonyms and related words:

Endeavour, Probatory, Weak-minded, acting, ad hoc, ad interim, alternate, alternative, ambling, analysis, analytic, apprehensive, approach, assay, attempt, awkward, awkwardly, backup, backward, band aid, bid, blankminded, callow, canny, careful, cautious, chary, circumspect, claudicant, conjectural, cool, counterfeit, crack, crawling, creeping, creeping like snail, cut-and-try, dainty, dangerous, deliberate, delicate, demure, demurring, desultory, determined, diffident, discreet, disinclined, docimastic, doubtful, dubious, dubitable, dumb, dummy, easy, effort, emergency, empty, empty-headed, endeavor, equivalent, ersatz, essay, essaying, examinational, examinatorial, examining, expedient, experiment, explorational, explorative, exploratory, fact-finding, fake, faltering, fastidious, feeling, flagging, fling, foot-dragging, gambit, gauche, gentle, gingerly, gradual, green, groping, guarded, halting, hazardous, heedful, hesitating, heuristic, hobbled, hobbling, humble, hypothetical, idle, iffy, ignorant, imitation, improvisational, improvised, inane, indagative, indefinite, indolent, inexperienced, inferior, innocent, inspectional, inspectorial, insubstantial, interim, introverted, investigation, investigational, investigatory, jibbing, judicious, jury-rigged, know-nothing, languid, languorous, lazy, leaving out nothing, leery, leisurely, lick, limping, lost, lumbering, makeshift, makeshifty, mindful, mock, moderate, modest, move, naive, nervous, nescient, noncommittal, not final, not settled, offer, on guard, on the fence, on trial, open for consideration, overlooking no possibility, pawky, pendulous, perilous, phony, pilot, pinch, playing it cool, playing it safe, poking, poky, politic, precautional, precautionary, precautious, preliminary, probationary, proving, provisionary, provisory, proxy, prudent, pure, raw, regardful, relaxed, reluctant, reserve, reserved, resolute, risky, rough, safe, sample, sauntering, screen, scrupling, secondary, shaky, shifting, shilly-shallying, shot, shuffling, simple, sketchy, slack, slapdash, slippery, slothful, slow, slow as death, slow as molasses, slow as slow, slow to act, slow-crawling, slow-foot, slow-going, slow-legged, slow-moving, slow-paced, slow-poky, slow-running, slow-sailing, slow-stepped, sluggish, snail-paced, snaillike, spare, speculative, squeamish, stab, staggering, stand-by, step, sticking, stickling, stopgap, straining, strange to, stroke, strolling, subject, subject to change, substitute, supposed, surrogate, temporary, tentative method, testing, theoretic, theoretical, thorough, ticklish, timid, timorous, toddling, token, tortoiselike, tottering, treacherous, trial and error, trudging, try, trying, turtlelike, unacquainted, unacquainted with, unadventurous, unapprized, uncommunicative, uncomprehending, unconfirmed, unconversant, undaring, undertaking, uneasy, unenlightened, unenterprising, unfaithworthy, unfamiliar, unfinished, unhurried, unilluminated, uninformed, uninitiated, unintelligent, unknowing, unperfected, unpolished, unposted, unprecipitate, unreliable, unripe, unsettled, unsound, unstable, unsteadfast, unsteady, unsubstantial, untested, untrustworthy, unversed, up in the air, utility, vacillant, vacillate, vacillatory, vacuous, venturesome, verificatory, vicarious, waddling, wary, watchful, whack, willing, wobbly, zetetic.

Rhymes for Tentative:

  1. preventative;
  2. representative, argumentative;
  3. unrepresentative;

Quotes for Tentative:

  1. The shrewd guess, the fertile hypothesis, the courageous leap to a tentative conclusion- these are the most valuable coins of the thinker at work. But in most schools guessing is heavily penalized and is associated somehow with laziness. Jerome Bruner.
  2. Science goes from question to question; big questions, and little, tentative answers. The questions as they age grow ever broader, the answers are seen to be more limited. George Wald.