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tentative
used in Atlas Shrugged

6 uses
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  • Lillian's head was poised to bow in greeting, with the tentative hint of a smile on her lips, half-timid, half-brash.
    3.6 Part 3 Chapter 6 -- The Concerto of Deliverance (16% in)
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  • He had stopped tentatively, but she did not answer.
    1.7 Part 1 Chapter 7 -- The Exploiters and the Exploited (56% in)
  • He was afraid to remain by Francisco's side and afraid to let him loose among the guests, He backed a few tentative steps away, but Francisco followed him, smiling.
    2.2 Part 2 Chapter 2 -- The Aristocracy of Pull (61% in)
  • ...was the goal of all those con men of library and classroom, who sold their revelations as reason, their "instincts" as science, their cravings as knowledge, the goal of all the savages of the non-objective, the non-absolute, the relative, the tentative, the probable-the savages who, seeing a farmer gather a harvest, can consider it only as a mystic phenomenon unbound by the law of causality and created by the farmer's omnipotent whim, who then proceed to seize the farmer, to chain him,...
    3.5 Part 3 Chapter 5 -- Their Brothers' Keepers (15% in)
  • '1 "Well, after all," said Philip, in the angry and cautious tone of a tentative threat, "I could have my friends assign me to a job here and compel you to accept it!"
    3.5 Part 3 Chapter 5 -- Their Brothers' Keepers (42% in)
  • "It seems to me," said Chick Morrison, his voice tentatively helpful, ' "that people of nobler spiritual nature, you know what I mean, people of .... of .... well, of mystical insight"-he paused, as if waiting to be slapped, but no one moved, so he repeated firmly-"yes, of mystical insight, won't go for that speech.
    3.8 Part 3 Chapter 8 -- The Egoist (3% in)

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