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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
  • The siren song of the void puts you on edge; it makes your movements tentative, clumsy, herkyjerky.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • tentative = careful or unsure
  • He seemed as skeptical as he'd been the other day, but instead of just patting my shoulder, he leaned in and tentatively wrapped his arms around me.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Selection
  • tentatively = in a careful or unsure manner
  • "I think my way is easier, Mr. Dussel," I say tentatively.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • tentatively = in a careful or unsure way
  • "You still mad, Jean Louise?" he asked tentatively.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • tentatively = in a careful or unsure way
  • Very gradually, like one instrument after another being tentatively rehearsed, beacons of color began to pierce the sky.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • tentatively = in an unsure manner
  • 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
  • Jordan and Tom and I got into the front seat of Gatsby's car, Tom pushed the unfamiliar gears tentatively, and we shot off into the oppressive heat, leaving them out of sight behind.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • tentatively = in a cautious unsure manner
  • 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

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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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