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tentative

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2 meanings
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1  —as in:
said it tentatively
Definition done in a careful or unsure way (indicating a lack of confidence in exactly what will happen)
  • The puppy approached us tentatively until it knew we wouldn't harm it.
tentatively = in a careful way (indicating a lack of confidence)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • She took a tentative step to see if her injured ankle would support her weight.
  • tentative = careful
  • She stepped forward tentatively.
    Madeleine L'Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • tentatively = in a careful or unsure way
  • The siren song of the void puts you on edge; it makes your movements tentative, clumsy, herkyjerky.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • tentative = careful or unsure
  • He seemed as skeptical as he'd been the other day, but instead of just patting my shoulder, he leaned in and tentatively wrapped his arms around me.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Selection
  • tentatively = in a careful or unsure manner
  • Augustus raised his hand tentatively.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • tentatively = in a hesitant, unsure manner
  • I lay down next to her, and Gramps tentatively sat down on the other side.
    Sharon Creech  --  Walk Two Moons
  • tentatively = in a careful or unsure way
  • "Sir," Jonas said tentatively, "I would be very interested to hear the story of your life, and to listen to your memories."
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • tentatively = in a hesitant, unsure manner
  • "You think there's a path through those woods?" he asked in his mild tentative voice when I got near.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • tentative = unsure
  • "I think my way is easier, Mr. Dussel," I say tentatively.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
tentatively = in a careful or unsure way

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2  —as in:
a tentative plan
Definition with an expectation that there may be changes
  • My plans are still tentative.
tentative = with an expectation that there may be changes
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • I have a tentative plan, but don't want to make any promises until I discuss it with some friends.
  • tentative = with an expectation that there may be changes
  • He figures the truth is the best way to begin even a tentative friendship.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • tentative = careful (indicating a lack of confidence)
  • A plan forms in my head, tentative, outlandish, and mad enough that it just might work.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • It was April and everything alive was tentative.
    Toni Morrison  --  Beloved
  • tentative = with an expectation that there may be changes
  • We will go tentatively to Montreux.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  A Farewell to Arms
  • tentatively = with an expectation that there may be changes
  • the race-meeting undoubtedly complicated the plans we had made tentatively beforehand.
    Agatha Christie  --  The ABC Murders
  • tentatively = with an expectation that there might be changes
  • This time it was a tentative pull, not solid nor heavy,
    Ernest Hemingway  --  The Old Man and the Sea
  • tentative = careful (indicating a lack of confidence)
  • The tentative period was over; all our arrangements had been perfected.
    Conrad, Joseph  --  The Arrow of Gold

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