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tentative
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Harry Potter (#6) and the Half-Blood Prince
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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)
  • Quietly, tentatively, Harry spoke into the darkness.

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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
  • "Sir," said Harry tentatively, "I met Mundungus in Hogsmeade."
  • "I had a thought," said Harry tentatively.

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  • "Quid agis?" he said tentatively to the Fat Lady, wondering what he would find inside.
  • ’Well, it’s just that I was sort of right about the Half-Blood Prince business,’ she said tentatively.
  • Hermione?" said Ginny tentatively, for Hermione still hadn’t turned around.
  • "Sir," said Harry tentatively, "does what you’re going to tell me have anything to do with the prophecy?
  • How are you both feeling?" she asked tentatively, her eyes on the back of Ron’s head.

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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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