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tentative
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Harry Potter (#7) and the Deathly Hallows
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  • "We wondered," said Hermione tentatively, "whether Harry could still have the Trace on him?"
  • "Remus," said Hermione tentatively, "is everything all right… you know… between you and — " "Everything is fine, thank you," said Lupin pointedly.

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  • Keen for them all to be friends again, however, he agreed; but when Ron gave Hermione a tentative smile, she stalked off and vanished behind her book once more.
  • "Er — what are you —?" said Ron tentatively, but Hermione quelled him with a look and turned back to Harry.

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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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