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Harry Potter (#4) and the Goblet of Fire
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tentative
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Harry Potter (#4) and the Goblet of Fire
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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)
  • Several hands rose tentatively into the air, including Ron’s and Hermione’s.

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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
  • Mr. Weasley suggested tentatively as Percy handed Bagman his tea.
  • "Er," said Ron tentatively, "my dad told me about one…… Is it called the Imperius Curse, or something?"

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  • Dobby asked tentatively.
  • "Can Dobby give Harry Potter his present?" he squeaked tentatively.
  • "And …. remind me what he said about You-Know-Who?" said Ron tentatively.
  • "Sherbet lemon?" he tried tentatively.
  • "Could I have it again …. more slowly?" he asked tentatively.

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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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