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The House of Mirth
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tentative
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The House of Mirth
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  • She spoke with the intention of making him see that, if his words implied a tentative allusion to her private affairs, she was prepared to meet and repudiate it.
  • She held firmly to Mrs. Bry’s wavering eye while she gave this explanation, but when it was over Selden saw her send a tentative glance from one to another of the women’s faces.

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  • Mrs. Fisher continued to observe her tentatively.
  • Though she and her hostess had not met since the latter’s tentative discussion of her future, Lily knew that the acuteness which enabled Mrs. Fisher to lay a safe and pleasant course through a world of antagonistic forces was not infrequently exercised for the benefit of her friends.
  • He added tentatively, after pausing to grope for a cigarette: "Miss Bart’s an old friend of yours, I believe?
  • She glanced tentatively at Selden’s motionless profile, and resumed with a slight sigh: "Well, all I can say is, I wish she’d give ME some of her discarded opportunities.
  • She lifted her eyes tentatively to Lily’s face, and then added with a burst of courage: "Why won’t you get right into the cars and come home with me while I get baby’s supper?

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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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