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tentative
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tentative
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Arrowsmith
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  • He picked it up and shook it tentatively.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • He had tentatively heard of her dead husband as a young man of wealth and family; he seemed to remember having seen in Vanity Fair a picture of the Lanyons at Palm Beach.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • …he was beastly cold, and in general God help him! As the St. Buryan was warped out into the river, as Martin was suggesting to his Commission, "How about going downstairs and seeing if we can raise a drink?" there was the sound of a panicky taxicab on the pier, the sight of a lean, tall figure running—but so feebly, so shakily—and they realized that it was Max Gottlieb, peering for them, tentatively raising his thin arm in greeting, not finding them at the rail, and turning sadly away.  (not reviewed by editor)

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as in: said it tentatively
as in: a tentative plan
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