how to pronounce tentative


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tentative is pronounced in three syllables

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An example use of tentative in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… and we have a tentative plan in place …”

meanings of tentative


  1. Of or pertaining to a trial or trials; essaying; experimental.
  2. Uncertain; subject to future change.


  1. A trial; an experiment; an attempt.

tentative frequency in english - C2 level of CEFR

the word tentative occurs in english on average 2.9 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics tentative can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that tentative can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

2) education, science, and technology;

3) people, society, and culture;

words that rhyme with tentative


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