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tentative
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The Giver
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as in: said it tentatively Define
done in a careful or unsure way (indicating a lack of confidence in exactly what will happen)
  • Tentatively he began to ride in daylight.
    p.171.5

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  • The puppy approached us tentatively until it knew we wouldn’t harm it.
  • She took a tentative step to see if her injured ankle would support her weight.

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unspecified meaning
  • Tentatively he opened his eyes — not his snow–hill– sled eyes, for they had been open throughout the strange ride.
    p.82.5
  • Jonas asked tentatively after the evening meal.
    p.126.9

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  • "Sir," Jonas said tentatively, "I would be very interested to hear the story of your life, and to listen to your memories.
    p.77.3

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as in: said it tentatively Define
done in a careful or unsure way (indicating a lack of confidence in exactly what will happen)
as in: a tentative plan Define
with an expectation that there may be changes
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