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tentative
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2 meanings
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1  —as in:
said it tentatively
Definition done in a careful or unsure way (indicating a lack of confidence in exactly what will happen)
  • The puppy approached us tentatively until it knew we wouldn't harm it.
tentatively = done in a careful way indicating a lack of confidence
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • She took a tentative step to see if her injured ankle would support her weight.
  • tentative = careful or unsure
  • This, finally, was what had pained his mother most, the lost years standing between them, their words so tentative and formal where ease and love should have been.
    Kim Edwards  --  The Memory Keeper's Daughter
  • tentative = cautious
  • And then he kisses me. Tentatively at first, waiting for something, but there isn't any need. I would kiss him forever.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • tentatively = in an unsure way
  • Erik laughed and tentatively touched the newly tattooed skin of my back.
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Betrayed
  • tentatively = in an unsure or hesitant manner
  • I'd finally loaded my camera and tentatively taken a few pictures, just objects and still lifes, no faces yet.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Dreamland
  • tentatively = in an unsure or hesitant manner
  • They approached the doorway tentatively.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • tentatively = carefully (in an unsure or hesitant manner)
  • Tentatively he began to ride in daylight.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • tentatively = done in a careful way (indicating a lack of confidence in exactly what will happen)
  • She peels one hand off her ear tentatively, experimenting.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Before I Fall
  • tentatively = in an unsure or hesitant manner
  • Tentatively, I reached down and touched it.
    Sylvia Plath  --  The Bell Jar
tentatively = in an unsure or hesitant manner

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2  —as in:
a tentative plan
Definition with an expectation that there may be changes
  • My plans are still tentative.
tentative = with an expectation that there may be changes
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • I have a tentative plan, but don't want to make any promises until I discuss it with some friends.
  • tentative = with an expectation that there may be changes
  • A plan forms in my head, tentative, outlandish, and mad enough that it just might work.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • It was April and everything alive was tentative.
    Toni Morrison  --  Beloved
  • tentative = with an expectation that there may be changes
  • We will go tentatively to Montreux.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  A Farewell to Arms
  • tentatively = with an expectation that there may be changes
  • the race-meeting undoubtedly complicated the plans we had made tentatively beforehand.
    Agatha Christie  --  The ABC Murders
  • tentatively = with an expectation that there might be changes
  • This time it was a tentative pull, not solid nor heavy,
    Ernest Hemingway  --  The Old Man and the Sea
  • tentative = careful (indicating a lack of confidence)
  • The tentative period was over; all our arrangements had been perfected.
    Conrad, Joseph  --  The Arrow of Gold

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