01. We're planning on getting married sometime in the fall, but it's all very [tentative] right now.
02. We have come to a [tentative] agreement with the company; we're just waiting for some final details before we sign.
03. Let's set the meeting [tentatively] for Thursday at 3:00, and then we'll confirm once we've both had a chance to check our schedules.
04. [Tentative] rulings shall become the ruling of the court, unless a party desiring to be heard so advises the clerk no later than 4:00 p.m. on the court day preceding the hearing.
05. Workers at the mill have achieved a [tentative] contract which includes an improved benefits package and annual raises.
06. Our plans are quite [tentative] at this point. There are a few details that need to be discussed before we make a final decision.
07. He is too [tentative] in his dealings with the others in his department. He will need to be much more decisive if he hopes to take on a managerial position.
08. Every single research can be accepted only [tentatively], due to the inherent limitations in the process.
09. The dentist has [tentatively] scheduled an appointment for you for next week. Please let us know if there is a conflict.
10. Gerry and Anne have [tentatively] made plans to visit Sophie in Kamloops next July. Everything depends on Gerry getting time off work.
11. The patient took a few [tentative] steps following her knee surgery.
12. The strike was [tentatively] called off on Monday because the union and management have supposedly made a deal.
13. The baby made a couple of [tentative] steps and then sat down.
14. A [tentative] date of August 15th has been set for our high school reunion.
15. Louis Pasteur once observed that science advances through [tentative] answers to a series of more and more subtle questions which reach deeper and deeper into the essence of natural phenomena.
16. Bertrand Russell once noted that science is always [tentative], expecting that modification in its present theories will sooner or later be found necessary.

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