|Origin:||tentativus, from Latin tentare; TEMPT|
not definite or certain, and may be changed later [= provisional; ≠ definite]:
I passed on my tentative conclusions to the police.
The government is taking tentative steps towards tackling the country's economic problems.
done without confidence [= hesitant]:
a tentative smile
Albi knocked tentatively and entered.
—tentativeness noun [uncountable]